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Insights on Establishing Patient Flow Goals: The Baseline

Patient Flow Goals:  The BaselineHow can you know how far you’ve come if you don’t know where you started?

The fact is that you can’t.

Yet many hospital productivity initiatives get underway without establishing the status quo. Patient flow is a good example.

Homegrown programs always start with very good intentions, but often very little in the way of measuring improvement. And if you don’t know where you are, how can you establish a goal and a realistic timeframe for reaching that goal?

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Categories: Author: Nanne Finis, Patient Flow

Value Model Forces New Role on Healthcare Technology

New Model Challenges Efficiency vs. Effectiveness?As the health care industry shifts its focus to population health, will technological innovation take the lead or follow?

Historically, it seems healthcare technology often led the way, even if it included a hefty price tag. New innovations with potential benefits could be adopted as long as costs could be billed and passed on to payers.

In contrast, today’s technical innovations need to deliver care of equal or better quality at a lower cost. Unfortunately, that won’t be the case under new economic models that require providers to balance quality care with fixed payments based on a given population.

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Efficiency vs. Effectiveness

Looking for Healthcare Efficiency in all the Wrong Places

Looking for healthcare efficiency in all the wrong placesIt’s pretty hard to fix a problem if you can’t define it.

Take healthcare efficiency for example.

Some years ago, a national conference was convened to reach agreement on what efficiency means in healthcare. The gathering was co-sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Employer Health Care Alliance (The Alliance).*

Their conclusions:

“We have no definition of ‘true’ efficiency.”

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Efficiency vs. Effectiveness