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Does your hospital need an inpatient hospice unit? Here's what to consider before investing.

by Emily Johnson November 13, 2018

Value-based care arrangements are increasingly putting hospitals on the hook for patient outcomes days, weeks, and even months after discharge, forcing planners to grapple with new questions about their post-acute care footprint. Our inbox has recently been full of questions from hospital planning teams about hospice and palliative care. In particular, one question keeps coming up: Should we invest in an inpatient hospice unit?

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How telehealth improved pregnancy outcomes and patient retention in rural Georgia

by Emily Johnson and Samara Ford November 6, 2018

In a troubling trend, maternal mortality rates in the United States continue to rise, even as they decline in other developed nations. Equally alarming, the United States also experiences high rates of pre-term birth and low birth weight.

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Rapid access to specialties—differentiator today, necessity tomorrow?

by Jai Seth and Sebastian Beckmann November 1, 2018

Consumers increasingly use access as a differentiator for specialty care—we've heard of more consumers booking multiple appointments at different health providers and showing up to the one who can see them the soonest. While the most progressive organizations now offer same-day appointments across specialties, others have implemented more easily replicable models that still improve access to care:

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Does your market have enough primary care providers? Here's how to tell.

by Haley Wiesman and Austin Terry October 30, 2018

With organizations like the Association of American Medical Colleges estimating a shortage of 14,800 primary care physicians nationally, you may assume your market has a supply shortage. However, estimates like this one do not take into account key factors such as advanced practitioners and alternative sites of care, which may tell a different story. Before launching into new primary care investments, use our Primary Care Provider Demand Calculator, which accounts for the impact of the following factors on supply to determine if your market is actually understaffed.

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Letters, classes, pain management programs: How planners can help combat opioid misuse

by Elena Price and Sarah Musco October 23, 2018

Nearly 5 million Americans are dependent on opioids today. In response to rising rates of opioid overdose and death, payers and health system leadership are increasingly looking to planners—with their deep analytical expertise, action planning skills, and experience supporting strategic decision making—to help address this public health crisis.

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How 2 organizations provide accessible pregnancy care in urban 'maternity deserts'

by Lauren Lawton and Haley Wiesman October 9, 2018

We've all seen the headlines: Rural America's maternity care is disappearing. Inadequate access to maternity care doesn't affect just rural areas, either: Last year, Washington, D.C., become the home of a '"maternity desert" when the closure of two obstetrics units left the entire east side of the city with no labor and delivery services.

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2 ways to optimize your robotics program

by Kaci Brooks and Sarah Musco October 2, 2018

Cost is an important factor for planners to consider when investing in surgical robots. Costs are incurred across all stages of acquisition and implementation, and thus, planners need to account for investment costs related to instrumentation, physician learning curves, set-up, and scheduling.

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CMS is reviewing reimbursement for some spine surgeries in ASCs. Here's what that means for you (whether or not you have ASCs).

by Ruby Higbee-Velasquez and Sarah Musco September 25, 2018

The safety of certain surgeries are under question after publicized patient deaths that were linked to complications associated with surgeries performed in the ASC setting. As a result, CMS plans to review 38 procedures to determine if they're safely performed in the ASC setting. These procedures are currently reimbursable in the ASC setting and have been since 2015—the list includes high-revenue procedures such as spine surgery, lumbar, cervical spinal fusions, among others.

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