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8 resources to jump-start your care variation reduction strategy

February 10, 2017

    It goes without saying that 2017 is off to an interesting—and unpredictable—start. New executive orders from Washington are coming in fast and furious, and the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues to hang in the balance.

    Despite the current climate of unpredictability, it's clear that providers should continue to focus on reducing unwarranted care variation to improve quality and accelerate financial gains. That will require organizations to have an effective physician alignment strategy, define care pathways, and embed them into daily workflow to ensure easy and accurate follow-through.

    Here are eight resources to answer your most pressing questions about how to prepare for health policy changes in 2017 and provide best practice insight on strategies to help you reach your cost savings and quality goals.

    The Care Variation Shortlist

    Although hospital and health system leaders know the importance of reducing care variation, years of awareness and effort can make care variation reduction seem like old news.

    In this research brief, Advisory Board experts take a fresh approach to analyzing care variation to reinvigorate efforts, drive long-term success, and achieve quick sustainable ROI.

    5 must-have upgrades for the consumer-focused health system

    Many factors have accelerated the growth of the consumer market, including the rise in high-deductible health plan enrollment, improvement of price transparency tools, emergence of meaningful alternatives to traditional care sites, and weakening of traditional patient-physician relationships.

    Health systems that do not build real consumer loyalty are in danger of losing a substantial share of the market to newer, consumer focused competitors. This infographic shows five upgrades health systems should make to succeed in this new era of health care.

    Top 10 health IT challenges for 2017

    Despite the continued uncertainty surrounding the future of the ACA and the effect it could have on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), there are several no-regrets priorities that providers can focus on right now.

    This on-demand webconference provides action steps you should take to address the top 10 IT related issues facing health care leaders today.

    Fighting an uphill battle with physician alignment? You're not alone.

    Advisory Board research has found that engaging physicians in reducing clinical variation is the number one issue keeping C-suite hospital executives up at night.

    In this blog post, Dennis Weaver explores how to successfully align with physicians by appealing to their hearts, minds, watches, and wallets.

    What every health care executive needs to know in 2017

    Health care is entering the next era of reform, which will center on transforming care delivery to meet two market trends: population health and consumerism. How will your organization respond in 2017?

    Download this executive guide for 12 insights you can use to support success toward both of these goals next year, and beyond.

    Drive change with a Hospital Efficiency Improvement Program (HEIP)

    A HEIP is a formal way for hospitals and a select group of specialty physicians to work together for better quality outcomes and clinical efficiencies. It gives hospitals a way to align with physicians by incentivizing them to solve quality and efficiency issues. And unlike co-management that encompasses just one specialty, a HEIP allows physicians from multiple specialties to work together to remove barriers to variation.

    This video explores what makes HEIPs unique and the benefits you can be expect when they're implemented.

    Supply cost efforts stalling? Think beyond the price.

    The rise of value-based payment programs is pushing hospital leaders to rethink ways to achieve cost savings and boost overall margin performance. Supply purchasing remains a rapidly growing spend category, so optimizing your current approach can make a significant difference for hospital finances.

    Explore these eight strategies to start moving beyond price, and focus on driving value for all stakeholders to achieve greater cost savings.

    Were you selected for CPC+? Here are 5 initiatives to help you get started.

    With nearly 3,000 practices selected to participate in Round 1 of the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) program, many health care leaders are asking themselves, where do we begin?

    Participating means major changes to practice patterns, as well as considerable funding to advance population health management. Dennis Weaver explores five no-regrets best practices that can be applied whether your organization is participating in Round 1, considering future participation, or just hoping CPC+ will bolster your value-based care and accountable payment contracting opportunities.

    Activate and Drive Care Variation Reduction at Scale

    While most health system leaders recognize the importance of care variation reduction, few have been able to achieve meaningful clinical and financial impact at the system level. Join us on October 31 at 1 p.m. ET to learn how Ed Hock, Managing Director and John Johnston, Senior Vice President and National Partner, Advisory Board Consulting implemented a comprehensive program for care variation reduction.

    Register Now

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