Topic Physicians & workforce

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Beating the odds: Hiring and retaining an RN workforce to optimize patient outcomes and minimize unnecessary expense

Effective workforce management can increase RN retention, reduce absenteeism, and improve patient outcomes and experience. Here's how to get ahead of emerging challenges.

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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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Achieving ROI from EHRs: Actionable insights that can transform care delivery

Traditional arguments for EHR implementation such as efficiency gains and meaningful-use incentives are insufficient to maximize a health system’s returns on its technology investments. However, clinically and operationally oriented sources of value can generate an additional $10,000 to $20,000 per bed in annual margin.

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Clinically integrated networks: Can they create value?

Although structurally simple to create, clinically integrated networks (CINs) are difficult to get right. Health systems considering establishing CINs must think through what it truly takes to create value through these entities and then make sure they have designed the CINs appropriately.

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The access imperative

Improving outpatient access can deliver a triple win for payors, providers, and patients.

Short take

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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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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Engaging physicians to transform operational and clinical performance

Health systems (and health plans) that are serious about transforming themselves must harness the energy of their physicians. To do so, they must develop a true ability to engage physicians effectively.

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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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How to improve clinical behavior in primary care

Getting physicians to make significant changes to their day-to-day activities can be difficult. But the result can be better patient outcomes and lower healthcare costs.

Reports

Accounting for the cost of U.S. healthcare: Pre-reform trends and the impact of the recession (2011)

This report analyzes US healthcare spending trends overall and by category of care, and compares US healthcare expenditures with other developed countries.

Reports

Accounting for the cost of US healthcare: A new look at why Americans spend more (2008)

At the time of publication, the United States spent $650 billion more on healthcare than expected, even when adjusting for the economy’s relative wealth. This report examines the underlying trends and key drivers of these higher costs.