Advisory Board in the News

  • Why telehealth study may underestimate the technology's benefits

    March 15, 2017 | Health Data Management

    A new study published recently in Health Affairs cuts against the conventional wisdom on one of the biggest trends in healthcare: the increased use of direct-to-consumer telehealth services. The study found that while these services increase patients' access to care, they also may increase overall healthcare spending—contrary to the widespread expectation that direct-to-consumer telehealth would cut costs. But if you dig a little deeper, you'll find the study's takeaways aren't nearly as clear as they may seem, Advisory Board’s Tracy Walsh writes.

  • Consumers fueling outpatient construction

    March 9, 2017 | Modern Healthcare

    “Health systems have never run the outpatient side of the business like a business, even though it accounts for half the revenue,” said Zachary Hafner, a Chicago-based national partner in the strategy consulting practice at Advisory Board. “They're making the investments to create the access points, to create what consumers are interested in and being relevant in the market where consumers are going to be spending their money.” But these health systems still need to improve on customer orientation and service, he said.

  • 50 facts and statistics on CMOs and medical directors

    March 9, 2017 | Becker’s Hospital Review

    According to data gathered from Advisory Board's report, "What does the CMO role look like today?" with findings presented at the Chief Clinical Executive Summit based on the organization's 2016 CMO Role Survey, which included 116 CMOs, Clinical expertise and personal relationships with fellow physicians are the two skills CMOs are most confident in when entering into the CMO role.

  • How to assess the decision to switch EHR systems

    February 13, 2017 | Health Data Management

    I can’t tell you how many times I get asked, "Should I just switch to Cerner or Epic or Allscripts?" by health IT executives whose health system uses an EHR other than one of these major systems. Health system leaders should take a close look at their current situation alongside their short- and long-term objectives to determine the right answer for their organization—with only a little consideration for what’s popular in the market, Advisory Board’s John Kontor writes.

  • Interoperability reality check: FHIR, population health and the patient experience

    February 6, 2017 | Healthcare IT News

    Advisory Board’s Greg Kuhnen and Hollie Freeman weigh in on progress made during the last 12 months, take a look at how widespread health data exchange can enable hospitals to better serve patients and address lingering questions about interoperability.

  • Financial-clinical integration in 2017

    January 31, 2017 | hfm Blog

    Hospitals are beginning to find success in addressing margin improvement through care redesign, yet most have not aligned fully to realize the magnitude of potential savings, Advisory Board’s John Johnston writes.

  • Black Book ranks top population health vendors

    January 30, 2017 | Healthcare IT News

    Black Book rated Advisory Board among the top best-of-breed Population Health Management IT vendors. Coverage also appeared in Healthcare Finance News and HIStalk.

  • Trump's ACA order symbolic until agency heads takes their offices, experts say

    January 24, 2017 | Healthcare Finance News

    The executive order puts no policy in place, Advisory Board's Eric Cragun told Susan Morse. Eliminating penalties requires administrative action from agencies.

  • The tough terrain of transparent pricing

    January 14, 2017 | Modern Healthcare

    ProMedica has been working on its price transparency and strategic pricing initiative in partnership with Advisory Board and other health systems including BJC HealthCare, Carolinas Healthcare System and Baylor Scott & White Health. The collaboration has helped the systems more quickly figure out what works and what doesn't.

  • The transition to MACRA and its affect on the revenue cycle

    January 13, 2017 | Becker's Hospital Review

    With the criteria for MIPS in mind, the clinical documentation aspect of the revenue cycle becomes extremely important, not only because it impacts what the health system is going to be paid, but also because it influences what the physician is likely to be paid as well, Advisory Board’s Christopher Kerns told Kelly Gooch.

  • Poll: Federal focus on out-of-pocket costs needed

    January 12, 2017 | HFMA News

    “Even though there are a lot of concerns around high deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses, when patients are asked, at the point of coverage, what sort of plan they desire, they generally choose the lowest-premium plans, and the lowest-premium plans tend to have high deductibles,” Advisory Board’s Christopher Kerns told Jeni Williams. “And that seems to be true at nearly every income level.”

  • Why so many uncertainties still surround the fate of ACA

    January 11, 2017 | Health Data Management

    Advisory Board’s Eric Cragun contributed a summary of what we know and what remains unknown at this point in the process.

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  • With so much uncertainty, how do you build your hospital’s budget?

    January 9, 2017 | hfm Blog

    Many hospital CFOs are hoping 2017 will be different from recent years. Despite average margins being up overall, some hospitals have found it harder to hit their annual budgets, Advisory Board’s John Johnston writes in summarizing a conversation with his colleague Sean Angert.

  • Survey: 70% of medical groups worried about MACRA implementation

    January 6, 2017 | Becker's Hospital Review

    Almost three-quarters of employed medical groups are concerned about implementation of the final Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act rule, according to an Advisory Board survey.

  • Joint Commission reinstates ban on order texting

    January 6, 2017 | Medscape

    The policy statement noted that CPOE is now available through secure apps for smartphones and tablets, making the new policy less burdensome on practitioners. All of the major EHR vendors have developed such apps, Advisory Board’s Peter Kilbridge, MD, told Ken Terry.

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