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John Whittlesey

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Sustaining next-level performance: Are you making progress?

In our 4-part blog series on integrated performance management, we’ve already tackled three questions:

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Taking Action and Driving performance improvement

While the first questions (How am I performing? and Where are my opportunities?) in our 4-part series on integrated performance management focused on understanding performance levels and pinpointing areas of actionable opportunity, questions three and four (How do I improve? and Am I improving?) bring the discussion into a new phase.

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Where are my Opportunities for Performance Improvement?

In our last post, we explored the first of four key questions in an integrated performance management approach, ‘How am I performing?’ As discussed, answering that question is critical to constructing a clear view of current performance and then creating meaningful goals which will lead to action and performance improvement initiatives.  

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Getting to the next level: How are you performing?

We recently hosted an HFMA webinar presentation and invited one of our clients, the CFO of OSF HealthCare, to discuss OSF’s approach for driving performance management. It was clear from the impressive results achieved at OSF ($160 million annualized savings!) that while making incremental progress may have been sufficient in the past, getting to that next level of meaningful and sustainable performance improvement is now critical for hospital and health system leadership teams.  

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A Clear-Eyed Look at Benchmarks for Physician Offices

The statistics on hospital-owned physician practices are staggering. Between 2012 and 2015, hospitals and health systems acquired 31,000 physician practices. According to research published by the Physician Advocacy Institute, one in four physician practices is now hospital owned.

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Are you Swimming in (Actionable) Data?

As we look across the healthcare landscape at the end of 2015, two questions rise prominently to the top; (1) how will hospitals offset declining reimbursements and (2) how can hospitals smoothly transition to value-based models?

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Are You Ready for Smart Data?

Today, health providers cannot afford to have their access to mission-critical data trapped behind outdated information management protocols. To see inter-relationships, often between different functions such as market, clinical, operational and financial, data is critical in order to discover and understand underlying causes and implications of problems or opportunities.

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Clinical Utilization: The Third Rail in Supply Chain Management

Supply chain management has been part of the healthcare lexicon for many years now. The traditional materials management activities have broadened beyond just contracting, warehousing and distribution, and have resulted in tighter pricing, lower per unit costs, improved standardization, and better awareness of each individual's role in the organization of managing supply costs. So far, so good, right?

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