Action For Better Healthcare

A healthcare improvement blog from Premier Inc.

  • Data Powering ICU Costs and Outcomes

    Data Powering ICU Costs and Outcomes

    From the patients with a serious infection post-surgery to those involved in a car accident who need assistance breathing, the intensive care unit (ICU), in many cases, is imperative for their...

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  • Keys to Creating a Second-Generation, High-Performing Clinically Integrated Network

    Keys to Creating a Second-Generation, High-Performing Clinically Integrated Network

    Over the past several years, evolving health policy and market forces have prompted drastic changes to the landscape of clinically integrated networks (CINs). Yet, progress toward consistent...

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  • Ahead of the Curve is the Only Safe Place to Be

    Ahead of the Curve is the Only Safe Place to Be

    Premier’s COO, Mike Alkire, kicked off our 2018 Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition last month, discussing changes in the healthcare market – from technological advances to new care delivery...

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  • How Health Systems Can Help Address the Causes of Physician Burnout

    How Health Systems Can Help Address the Causes of Physician Burnout

    Shifts in reimbursement, increasing reporting burdens and the rapid onset of extensive EHR documentation has filled the typical day for a physician with paperwork, box checking and a myriad of...

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  • Congratulations to Premier’s 2018 Breakthroughs Award winners!

    Congratulations to Premier’s 2018 Breakthroughs Award winners!

    The outstanding work of these organizations was recognized at the 2018 Premier Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition. Alternate Site Sponsor Award Alliant Purchasing, Kentucky Pandion...

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  • Preparing for BPCI Advanced: Unique Physician Alignment Opportunities

    Preparing for BPCI Advanced: Unique Physician Alignment Opportunities

    As the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) model sunsets on September 30, 2018 and makes way for BPCI Advanced on October 1, 2018, it’s important for health systems and provider groups...

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  • Building Blocks of Success for Two-Sided Risk Models- Part 3: Value-Based Contracting

    Building Blocks of Success for Two-Sided Risk Models- Part 3: Value-Based Contracting

    Qualitative Considerations for Two-Sided Risk Contracts In an on-going blog series on building two-sided risk models, Premier experts are providing insight on how to ready your health system for a...

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  • Preparing for BPCI Advanced: Leveraging Baseline & Target Price Data

    Preparing for BPCI Advanced: Leveraging Baseline & Target Price Data

    After much anticipation, the data has finally arrived. Providers that applied for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) Advanced model are...

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  • Reduce Hospital Days and Dollars with Interdisciplinary Rounds

    Reduce Hospital Days and Dollars with Interdisciplinary Rounds

    Communications in health systems are notoriously fragmented, particularly as patients get handed off between shifts and various caregivers. Research has shown that interdisciplinary rounds can be...

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  • Three Misconceptions About High Reliability In Healthcare

    Three Misconceptions About High Reliability In Healthcare

    When it comes to high reliability in healthcare, is your organization walking the walk or just talking talk? There’s no question that healthcare providers are all driving toward becoming...

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  • UDI Implementation: Are You Ready?

    UDI Implementation: Are You Ready?

    Not too familiar with the unique device identification (UDI) system? It may be time to get up close and personal. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) established the UDI system to identify and...

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  • What You Can Do Now to Prepare for BPCI Advanced: Smart Episode Selection

    What You Can Do Now to Prepare for BPCI Advanced: Smart Episode Selection

    Between now and the start of the Bundled Payment for Care Improvement (BPCI) Advanced program, we’ll be sharing what providers can do to prepare for the program. As the name would suggest, BPCI...

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  • Building Blocks of Success for Two-Sided Risk Models– Part 2: Value-Based Contracting

    Building Blocks of Success for Two-Sided Risk Models– Part 2: Value-Based Contracting

    How to Identify Revenue and Margin Targets In an on-going blog series on building two-sided risk models, Premier experts are providing insight on how to ready your health system for a successful...

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  • Integrating Quality Improvement Collaboration and Research

    Integrating Quality Improvement Collaboration and Research

    As a result of the rapidly changing healthcare environment, coupled with the need to address escalating costs and improvements in health outcomes, healthcare leaders are increasingly seeking...

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  • Building Blocks of Success for Two-Sided Risk Models– Part 1: Aligned Strategy, Leadership and Infrastructure

    Building Blocks of Success for Two-Sided Risk Models– Part 1: Aligned Strategy, Leadership and Infrastructure

    The timeline to value-based payment is an uncertain and daunting one, particularly when you assume financial risk. None-the-less, we know value-based payment is coming and there are critical steps...

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  • Finding Value in New Perioperative Surgical Care and Payment Models

    Finding Value in New Perioperative Surgical Care and Payment Models

    Perioperative care is highly fragmented and overly expensive, accounting for an estimated 52% of hospital admission costs in the U.S. But that’s changing. With the rise of value-based payment...

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  • Time is of the Essence: Why Providers Should Apply Now for BPCI Advanced

    Time is of the Essence: Why Providers Should Apply Now for BPCI Advanced

    On January 9, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center announced a new, voluntary bundled payment model called Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI...

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  • Pennies in the Couch: How Health Systems Can Maximize Savings through Standardizing Purchased Services

    Pennies in the Couch: How Health Systems Can Maximize Savings through Standardizing Purchased Services

    Have you ever experienced the joy when finding a lost dollar after doing a load of laundry, or spotting loose change within the couch cushions? While it may not be much to start, these buried...

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  • ACOs and Bundled Payments: Three Things You Should Be Doing Now

    ACOs and Bundled Payments: Three Things You Should Be Doing Now

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently made three significant announcements, signaling a strong commitment to continuing value-based care delivery initiatives. First, we...

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  • Are You Using Too Much Blood? Curbing Unnecessary Blood Transfusions

    Are You Using Too Much Blood? Curbing Unnecessary Blood Transfusions

    Picture this: Your father goes in for a routine hip replacement surgery. Before he even enters the operating room, medical staff consult him on how to prepare. They discuss getting a physical,...

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