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Action for Better Healthcare Patient Expert

San Francisco, California
To serve as an advocate for non-profit hospitals and the value of those hospitals. To support collaboration among those hospitals to improve quality and safety and reduce costs. To discuss issues in an open forum that impact the ability of those hospitals to successfully improve the... Full Bio
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March Madness in DC: Congress kicks the can again by Action for Better Healthcare Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy As Congress’ March 31 decision came and went this week, I’m left to wonder – will the 12th year of kicking the can be the last? Congress has been debating long-term Su ... Read on »
Are you managing ambulatory productivity? by Action for Better Healthcare Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy First off, let’s define productivity. Productivity = a department’s input divided by that same department’s output. How to calculate productivity     ... Read on »
The physician alignment strategy you need to adopt by Action for Better Healthcare Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy In today’s healthcare environment, improving the performance of employed physician practices is essential. As hospitals align with physicians, starting with employed physi ... Read on »
Technology’s role in population health management by Action for Better Healthcare Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Population health management continues to be a hot topic in healthcare. But what role does technology play in that strategy? To learn more, we sat down with Dr. Alejandro ... Read on »
3 reasons physician engagement matters to your bottom line by Action for Better Healthcare Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy When I speak with healthcare organizations about the initiatives they’re working on, whether we’re talking about population health management, standardizing the supply cha ... Read on »
Everyone needs a supply chain thermostat by Action for Better Healthcare Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy After one of the coldest winters most of us can remember, we’re painfully aware of the financial impact turning up the thermostat a few degrees just to stay warm has. ... Read on »
Competitive benchmarking – why you should care by Action for Better Healthcare Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Your organization owns and manages a small group of ambulatory practices. You’re currently in your office, your staff is working hard taking care of patients and physician ... Read on »
Holding vs. operating model – what’s the difference? by Action for Better Healthcare Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy It’s no secret that the U.S. healthcare industry has been in a state of transition over the past decade. Changing market dynamics, driven by population demographics an ... Read on »
10 ways to reduce alarm fatigue by Action for Better Healthcare Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy In my post yesterday, I discussed the dangers of alarm fatigue. Alarm fatigue is considered the leading health technology hazard, according to the ECRI Institute’s top 10 ... Read on »
Sounding the alarm on alarm fatigue by Action for Better Healthcare Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Alarms are a serious matter in busy hospitals and ERs. Think about all of the devices used in patient care – infusion pumps, cardiac monitors, pulse oximetry devices, ... Read on »
Medication safety – So what are we missing? by Action for Better Healthcare Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Patient Safety Awareness Week ’s theme “Navigate your health… safely” really struck a chord with me. Since I’m a pharmacy guy, I always have medication safety on the brai ... Read on »
The role of electronic data systems in patient safety by Action for Better Healthcare Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Pop quiz in honor of Patient Safety Awareness Week : The number of Americans who die annually from preventable medical errors is: A. 44,000-98,000 B. 180,000 C. ... Read on »
Time to automate by Action for Better Healthcare Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Columbia University researchers recently published results from a survey of ICUs in the American Journal of Infection Control. They found that a low percentage of hospital ... Read on »
Why is specialty pharmacy so special? by Action for Better Healthcare Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Imagine this: A 52-year-old man (let’s call him Tom), married, father to 2 teenage children, self-employed, with an annual household income of $75,000, receives the news t ... Read on »
Creation of Regional Clinically Integrated Networks by Action for Better Healthcare Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Volume to value Competing on quality Risk-based reimbursement Big data These terms and others continue to pervade the healthcare landscape as hospitals, ... Read on »
What happened in DC during Presidents Day recess by Action for Better Healthcare Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The Presidents Day recess made for a quiet and snowy week and a half in Washington. Both the House and Senate will reconvene tomorrow, but as they get ready to start up ag ... Read on »
Patient-centered medical homes – who sees the value? by Action for Better Healthcare Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Patients, primary care physicians, health systems, health plans – they are all stakeholders when considering the significance of the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) . ... Read on »
Bringing agility to healthcare by Action for Better Healthcare Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy When I was in school, I had to go to the local library to do research for term papers. Here’s how my typical trip would go: Trek to the nearest branch Flip thro ... Read on »
Building hopefulness with vulnerable patients – 10 ways to get there by Action for Better Healthcare Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy It takes more than access to healthcare coverage to address the needs of vulnerable patients with multiple life challenges. Meet Martin Sullivan. He’s fought a long ba ... Read on »
Hospitality in the hospital by Action for Better Healthcare Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy In the past, healthcare organizations have been given few financial incentives to keep communities healthy. Instead, their focus has been on the immediate needs of the ind ... Read on »