Not Waiting For Capitol Hill: Health System Leaders Move Ahead

Despite industry uncertainty about the fate of healthcare under the new administration and Republican Congress, health system leaders move ahead and are preparing for the future. A recent Premier Inc. survey show the target areas for improvements within their systems. The results signal growth concerns and why the leaders will not wait for Capitol Hill results.

Update: Payer Efforts Against Opioid Epidemic

According to the CDC, drug overdoses are the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. Of the overdose deaths that occurred in 2015, 63 percent involved an opioid. Payer options for managing efforts against opioid overuse range from monitoring population data to working with provider networks.

Behavioral Healthcare Shortages: Causes and Solutions

The National Council for Behavioral Health and the National Council Medical Director Institute released a far-reaching report this month: The Psychiatric Shortage: Causes and Solutions. As a recognized leader in behavioral health reviews, this BHM Healthcare Insider Blog brings selections from the executive summary focusing on the behavioral healthcare shortages and solutions.

Behavioral Health Costs: Success Stories

Managing behavioral health costs challenges the US healthcare system. The issues encompass many of the legacy processes and structures needing to be overhauled. Some interesting recently posted examples may show the way for the entire healthcare system. These come from both payers and providers.

Adding Value With Behavioral Health

Providers are beginning to bridge the gap between medical and mental care, forming partnerships aimed at improving patients’ physical and mental health, and reducing costs at the same time. Such holistic projects are underway in numerous states, including California, New York, Washington, and Florida.

More Competition? Specialty Pharmacy Growth

The specialty pharmacy industry is booming and as many pharmacies opt for moving down the specialty pharmacy accreditation path, many hospitals and healthcare systems are starting to realize opening their own specialty pharmacies (or partnership with one) could be a good idea. The jump to specialty pharmacy for a health system or hospital, isn’t only a revenue driver as it gives them access but could also help with re-admissions, quality of care, and data collection. And as specialty pharmacies crop up all over the country, with an estimated 250 to be accredited by the end of 2015, it is the perfect opportunity for health systems to take fate into their own hands. From driving revenue, to increasing quality of care here are three main areas a hospital or health system can benefit in an in-house specialty pharmacy.

5 Things to Look For in an Independent Review Organization Partner

Choosing an Independent Review Organization (IRO) for a meaningful partnership that drives improvement and cost savings can be a tough task. The importance of an IRO to help support effective decision making and give objective, unbiased reviews, can be crucial to your business. To ensure you choose an IRO that distinguishes itself through quality work, ongoing training, full compliance, and the latest technology, you’ll want to do your research. It’s very important to trust the organization you choose and you always want to make sure they are industry certified. The following is a 5 part checklist for selecting the right IRO Partner.

By | 2017-04-02T13:28:07+00:00 April 13th, 2016|Clinical Operations Improvement, Compliance, IRO, Physician Advisor/Peer Review|Comments Off on 5 Things to Look For in an Independent Review Organization Partner

The Benefits of Specialty Pharmacy: For Hospitals & Health Systems

The specialty pharmacy industry is booming and as many pharmacies opt for moving down the specialty pharmacy accreditation path, many hospitals and healthcare systems are starting to realize opening their own specialty pharmacies (or partnership with one) could be a good idea. The jump to specialty pharmacy for a health system or hospital, isn’t only a revenue driver as it gives them access but could also help with re-admissions, quality of care, and data collection. And as specialty pharmacies crop up all over the country, with an estimated 250 to be accredited by the end of 2015, it is the perfect opportunity for health systems to take fate into their own hands. From driving revenue, to increasing quality of care here are three main areas a hospital or health system can benefit in an in-house specialty pharmacy.

By | 2017-04-02T13:28:09+00:00 December 10th, 2015|Accreditation, Care Coordination, Clinical Operations Improvement, Financial, Healthcare Prevention, Pharmacy Accreditation, Readmissions, Revenue Cycle Improvement, Specialty Pharmacy Accreditation|Comments Off on The Benefits of Specialty Pharmacy: For Hospitals & Health Systems

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