Topic Organizational excellence

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Against the odds: How payors can succeed under persistent uncertainty

The US health insurance industry continues to be defined by uncertainty. The 25 articles in this compendium can help health insurers navigate the changes ahead.

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Why agility is imperative for healthcare organizations

A new concept, organizational agility, can help healthcare companies adapt more quickly to changing customer needs, competitor responses, and regulatory guidelines—without requiring a full-scale restructuring.

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Next-generation contracting: Managed Medicaid for individuals with special or supportive care needs

This new framework can help states improve their ability to design and contract for managed Medicaid programs for these individuals—and maximize the programs’ likelihood of success.

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The next imperatives for US healthcare

Two steps—increasing healthcare-sector productivity and improving healthcare-market functioning to better balance the supply of and demand for health services—would likely produce sufficient savings to lower medical cost inflation to the rate of GDP growth.

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Breaking down the gender challenge

To make meaningful progress on gender diversity, companies must move beyond the averages and focus on the biggest pain points.

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Women in healthcare: Of leaky pipes and sluggish middles

Last year, in partnership with LeanIn.Org, we conducted the first annual comprehensive study of the state of women in corporate America. The findings reveal challenges – but also optimistic notes – for women in healthcare.

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Lessons from a veteran diversity advocate

The former CEO of Kaiser Permanente describes the formative experiences that led him to champion gender diversity, and reflects on the ways that diversity benefits both leaders and organizations alike.

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Optimizing the nursing skill mix: A win for nurses, patients, and hospitals

An evolved approach to RN staffing, optimizing the nursing skill mix leads to lower costs, improved RN satisfaction and better patient outcomes. Here's how to get from 'here' to 'there.'

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Health-focused redesign: Creating a payor organization for the future

Restructuring can help a payor become more nimble and innovative—but only if the redesign is rigorously planned to help deliver on the company’s most pressing strategic imperatives and is carried out in combination with improvements to organizational health.

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Riding the next wave of payor M&A

Regulatory changes and the economic recession have disrupted the U.S. healthcare industry, threatening to erode the advantages of market leaders. As many payors turn to M&A strategy, its imperative for them to understand the inherent risks and the factors that guide M&A success.

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The post-reform health system: Meeting the challenges ahead

This series of articles examines transformational imperatives specific to health systems in the post-reform era, drawing on extensive work with healthcare stakeholders across the value chain.

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The smarter scale equation

Given today’s realities, health systems must look beyond the traditional economies of scale if they want to reap the full benefits of M&A. They must consider other economies that M&A can offer, commit themselves fully to the effort, and execute flawlessly.

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Creating and sustaining change in nursing care delivery

By giving nurses more control over their work environment and more opportunities for professional advancement, hospitals and health systems can reduce nurse turnover, lower costs, and improve patient care.

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Academic medical centers: Transformational imperatives to succeed

Operating margins at AMCs are under severe pressure, placing their tripartite mission at risk. To survive, AMCs need significant structural and cultural changes. Five steps are imperative if they are to navigate the challenges ahead.