Each week, our health care experts share up-to-the-minute blog posts focused on your needs—all tied to studies and webconferences to help you dig even deeper. Check out our 10 top posts from 2017 below and don't forget to subscribe to our email alerts to stay up-to-date.
How cancer teams let down my friend—and what I hope they learn from it
After watching a colleague and a health care expert navigate breast cancer treatment last year, Advisory Board's Lindsay Conway was dismayed to see how her care missed the mark. Here is her friend's story, which we hope will be instructive for cancer center leaders looking to provide a more coherent and coordinated care experience. Read the post
Next step: Join tomorrow's webconference on 2018 Medicare oncology reimbursement.
What 183 C-suite executives told us about their top concerns
Earlier this year, we surveyed Health Care Advisory Board members to learn their top concerns. Read on to learn three major takeaways from our Annual Health Care CEO Survey—including some big changes from last year that reflect the rise of health care consumerism. Read the post
- Read our executive briefing on the 12 Things CEOs Need to Know in 2018.
- Register now for the 2017-18 Health Care Advisory Board national meeting.
A surprising trend in telehealth: It's growing—but not where you might expect
Most strategic planners and service line leaders know that telehealth activity has significantly expanded over the past 10 years, but do you know which services are driving that growth? Keep reading to find out. Read the post
Next step: Download our complete Telehealth 101 primer series.
A $1.6B cut to 340B payments, plus outpatient TKA: Our key takeaways on the 2018 Outpatient Final Rule
In November, CMS released its Final Rule regulating outpatient payment in CY 2018. Our experts read over the rule and summarized the findings, including two major changes that could significantly affect many hospitals' margins. Read the post
Next step: Watch our on-demand webconference to examine CMS’s changes to Hospital Outpatient and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payments in CY 2018.
4 reasons your physicians don't read your emails (and what to do about it)
The sheer volume of well-intentioned communications to support, engage, and align physicians can be overwhelming. Here's what you should do about it.
Next step: Download our infographic to learn how to be an inbox ninja.
How one hospital reduced avoidable ED visits—by telling patients 'I told you so'
After one Spanish hospital implemented an innovative solution to direct more patients away from the ED and into primary care, its share of low-urgency ED presentations dropped from 54% to 17%.
Next step: Download Reducing Avoidable Emergency Department Use to learn 15 tactics to expand patient access and coordinate complex care.
Anthem will deny some hospital-based imaging: What you need to know
Anthem recently announced that it will no longer pay for certain advanced imaging services at hospital-based facilities. Read on for answers to top member questions, as well as Advisory Board's take on how programs can respond.
Next step: Download the Preauthorization Toolkit for tools, resources, and case profiles to help imaging programs optimize their strategy and operations.
10 takeaways on the 2018 MACRA final rule
CMS on Nov. 2 released the 2018 final rule to implement the second year of MACRA's Quality Payment Program (QPP). Our experts analyzed the 1,653-page rule and identified 10 key takeaways.
Next step: Download our infographic to learn 5 things everyone should know about MACRA.
3 mandatory bundles canceled, a 4th scaled back. Here's what you need to know.
In November, CMS issued a final rule that canceled three mandatory bundled payment programs, significantly rolled back a fourth, and canceled a cardiac rehabilitation incentive payment model. Here's our take on what that will mean for providers.
Next step: Download our infographic to get 5 strategies to reduce variation across the joint replacement care episode.
A win-win: How Mass General cut ED visits by 13% and addressed health disparities
One hire at Mass General—a Community Resource Specialist who addressed the non-clinical needs of vulnerable patients—yielded major results for the hospital, including cost savings and reduced ED visits. Read on to learn three takeaways for your organization.
Next step: Register for our webconference on Feb. 1 to learn how to advance health equity.
Learn how to build a high-performing clinical enterprise
As organizations face downward pressure for margin management, health systems must expand the cost-control playbook. This two-part series offers seven practices that bring margin management to the forefront of system-physician relationships. Join us Jan. 12 to learn how to partner with physicians in enterprise cost control.
Then, join us for part 2 on Jan. 26 to learn how to design the efficient clinical enterprise.