Care Transformation Center Blog

The insights, tools, and resources you need to take on population health management

Want physicians to engage in advance care planning? Make it easy for them.

by Tomi Ogundimu and Abby Burns December 14, 2017

Overtreatment in a patient's last years of life can be confusing and exhausting for patients and their families, hugely expensive to the health care system, and potentially even be avoidable. Unfortunately, it's also a common occurrence. 

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How a HEIP can improve quality, decrease costs, and motivate your physicians

Laurie Norman December 12, 2017

When it comes to successfully engaging physicians in behavior change—particularly when you're looking to improve quality and decrease costs—one of the most important components is ensuring hospital and physician goals are aligned with one another. But with many incentive-based quality initiatives focused on primary care providers in the ambulatory space, hospitals and health systems often have limited options when it comes to aligning with specialists.

Lately, I've had a fair number of organizations coming to me with this challenge, and for most of these organizations, I usually recommend they explore a Hospital Efficiency Improvement Program, or HEIP. 

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Thinking about standardizing suppliers? This might change your mind.

by Brian Pellegrini, Brandon Fine, and Daniel Pietrusinski December 7, 2017

It's that time of year again when you might be thinking about ways to stretch your dollar, where to find that perfect device that will bring joy to those who receive it, and how you're going to meet all of your year-end obligations.

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Employee health benefit costs are rising—and fast. Your pharmacists can help.

by Regina Lohr and Molly Stein December 5, 2017

Growth in health benefit spend is top of mind for employers across the nation—and as large employers themselves, health systems are no exception. One area of outsized growth is pharmacy benefit costs, which outpaced health benefit spend growth by 4.6 percentage points from 2015-2016.

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Combat this $77 billion problem by targeting the social determinants of health

by Tomi Ogundimu and Darby Sullivan November 30, 2017

Ubers, barbershops, and vegetable farms: Progressive provider organizations are using these avenues and more to address patients' non-clinical risk factors. Population health leaders tasked with reducing total cost of care for their most vulnerable patient populations are building and strengthening community partnerships to meet all patient needs, not just the clinical ones.

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5 ways MedStar's nurse-inspired partnership with Uber has paid off

by Tomi Ogundimu and Abby Burns November 28, 2017

Since 2016, Uber has announced partnerships with MedStar Health, Hackensack University Medical Center, and Boston Children's Hospital. Lyft has announced partnerships with transportation service organizations National Medtrans Network and Logisticare, as well as BCBSA.

Why have these organization, among others, turned away from more traditional van or cab service? We learned a bit more about MedStar's arrangement with Uber to try and figure it out.

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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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