Care Transformation Center Blog

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4 ways hospitals can tackle the opioid epidemic

by Colleen Keenan November 17, 2017

Ninety-one Americans die each day from an opioid overdose. As the death toll continues to rise, there is increased pressure to respond quickly to the epidemic.

I recently attended a conference held by The Brookings Institution on "Policy Approaches to the Opioid Crisis." Amid the emphasis on policy, there were several implications for how provider organizations can respond to the crisis and make an impact in their own communities.

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Your top 3 questions on reducing avoidable ED visits—answered

by Tomi Ogundimu and Clare Wirth November 15, 2017

We introduced 15 tactics to reduce avoidable ED use during a webconference last month, and were thrilled that so many Advisory Board members—representing a wide variety of roles across provider, payer, and industry organizations—joined the conversation.

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The care transition opportunity you're missing

by Gina Lohr and Colleen Keenan November 9, 2017

Did you know that nearly a quarter of patients fail to fill their prescriptions post-discharge? Medication non-adherence has serious consequences for the overall health care system, from poor health outcomes to drug waste and avoidable health care costs. In the United States, the aggregate cost of non-adherence-related hospital admissions totals approximately $100 billion per year.

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How Harvard's mobile clinic drives patient engagement and a 21-1 ROI

Rebecca Tyrrell , Darby Sullivan November 9, 2017

When your at-risk patients can't come to you, consider bringing health care to them using mobile health clinics. Not only do these programs reduce logistical barriers to care, such as lack of transportation or insurance coverage, but they also help fill key service gaps and promote engagement among those who may not otherwise seek care. Many are also able to generate significant ROI.

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Why a strong consumer-centered strategy will never go out of style

Zachary Hafner, MBA November 2, 2017

Zachary Hafner, MBA

While fidget spinners and unicorn-everything are dominating the pop culture scene, the rise of the consumer is easily the trending topic for health care in 2017.

In a world where high-deductible health plans, transparency tools, and new entrants are increasing market competition and consumerist behavior, it's not shocking to hear increased buzz about the consumer-driven health care market. However, unlike the ever-changing list of "hottest trends" on your Facebook feed, consumerism isn't likely to fizzle as fast as the avocado toast craze.

So what does that mean for the payers and providers that are actively positioning to succeed in this new marketplace?

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A different kind of post-acute network

by Jared Landis and Faraz Salahuddin October 28, 2017

Alternative payment models have encouraged hospitals to focus on cross-provider collaboration in the post-acute space, which generally occurs through the hospital-led preferred post-acute networks (PPN) that have garnered significant industry attention in recent years.

However, in select markets post-acute providers are proactively coming together to form independent post-acute networks—with a unique commitment to collaboration among competitors as a means of improving care for the seniors in their communities. 

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Navigating the changing tides of health care: 5 areas for leaders to watch

Zachary Hafner, MBA October 27, 2017

Zachary Hafner, MBA

It's hard to imagine an industry more embroiled in change than American health care today. Somewhere among changing payment models, big data, evolving customer expectations, and incredible uncertainty, today's health care leaders are navigating uncharted waters.

Questions abound. Which trends will take hold—and which will fizzle? What will market conditions be like six, 12, or 18 months from now? Are there moves to make without compromising what you've worked so hard to achieve?

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Are patient-centered medical homes living up to the hype?

Tomi Ogundimu and Abby Burns October 25, 2017

Since major primary care physician groups officially coined the term "patient-centered medical home" (PCMH) in 2007, the concept has gained popularity, spurred on by value-based payment reforms under the Affordable Care Act. But what picture does today's literature paint when it comes to the model's effectiveness?

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