Advisory Board in the News

  • Getting Practical on Population Health: What Pioneers Are Learning Now

    May 9, 2017 | Healthcare Informatics

    “Apart from the overall strategic planning, the analytics is the most complex part of (population health management initiatives),” Advisory Board’s Jess Vamvas told Mark Hagland. Advisory Board’s Dennis Weaver, M.D., emphasizes that there are several layers to the complexity involved in leveraging data and analytics to support population health.

  • Payer contract negotiations are often ugly, but they don't have to be

    May 5, 2017 | Healthcare Finance News

    Each provider has one chargemaster for all services, but because providers have multiple contracts, not every insurer will pay the same price, Advisory Board’s Patrick Drewry told Susan Morse. Advisory Board also first looks at chargemaster optimization in helping clients. Sometimes, because of dated contracts, this rate is lower than what was negotiated with the payer, Seve Gaskin said.

  • Robert Musslewhite named one of Washington's top 100 tech leaders

    May 3, 2017 | Washingtonian

    For the third time, Advisory Board Company Chairman and CEO Robert Musslewhite has been named one of Washingtonian magazine's Tech Titans, an honor reserved for "the most influential and exciting people in the local technology scene."

  • Urgent care sites cater to cancer patients, letting them check some worries at door

    May 2, 2017 | Kaiser Health News/Washington Post

    “What we hear from cancer physicians and administrators is that in the emergency department not all emergency physicians and nurses feel equally confident in their ability to treat cancer patients,” Advisory Board’s Lindsay Conway told Michelle Andrews. “So they may admit them when it’s not necessary.”

  • Hackers struck 45 UK medical facilities. Follow these best practices to avoid being next.

    May 1, 2017 | Becker’s Hospital Review

    We've found, through our work with 4,500 hospitals and health systems, that the better plan is to prepare upfront—before ransomware strikes, Advisory Board’s Robert Musslewhite and Eric Banks write.

  • Staying the course on cancer care

    May 1, 2017 | Managed Care

    Historically, three generalizations held true for cancer patients: They were deferential to physician recommendations for care, unlikely to switch providers, and generally satisfied with the care they received. However, the rise of the consumer-oriented marketplace and growing customer financial exposure have led to better-informed patients who are more likely to shop for cancer care. This has led to a “borderless” competitive environment where access, transparency, brand, experience, outcomes, cost, and quality are differentiators that set one program apart from another, Advisory Board’s Zach Hafner writes.

  • Health care executives eye improving access to outpatient care in 2017

    April 6, 2017 | Modern Healthcare

    There has been a proliferation of new entry points via retail clinics, urgent care centers and virtual access as the demand for consumer-focused care grows, said Ben Umansky, at Advisory Board, which published its Annual Health Care CEO Survey on Thursday, Alex Kacik reports. The Survey was also covered by Becker’s Hospital Review.

  • Achieving ROI from population health investments: How realistic is it?

    April 5, 2017 | Healthcare Informatics

    Last year Advisory Board’s Dennis Weaver, M.D., led the development of a population health maturity model after surveying senior executives at 30 U.S. health systems. Both Weaver and James Green note that healthcare organizations are struggling with having their feet in two payment buckets—fee-for-service and value-based care, Rajiv Leventhal writes.

  • A new formula to track the ROI of your employed physicians

    March 29, 2017 | Becker’s Hospital Review

    When thinking about the financial performance of the employed physician enterprise for your health system, is your first instinct to focus on the operating loss of the medical group as a standalone business? While this is certainly an important part of the equation, it's by no means the whole story, write Advisory Board’s John Deane, MPA and Adam Bryan, MBA.

  • 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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