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Linda Albery

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Transforming the future of Healthcare Analytics

It’s no secret that hospitals and health systems must ramp up efforts to improve performance given rising healthcare costs and an unstable political environment. For decades, hospitals and health systems have recognized the importance of managing costs and have routinely pursued unit-based cost reduction strategies with varying degrees of success. For the most part, these efforts have yielded some levels of success but there is more to do and the pressure to perform is significant. 

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Poll shows 30 percent of healthcare organizations “have a long way to go” in driving effective performance management

While pressures to reduce costs and improve quality aren’t new, the imperative has shifted from ‘making progress’ to ‘establishing meaningful and sustainable improvement.’ This is a tall order given the complexities of our industry and the challenges we face.

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Engagement and Performance Improves When Staff Is Able to Tell the Story Behind the Numbers

At the outset of their benchmarking and performance improvement initiative, St. Joseph Hospital & Trauma Center in Nashua, New Hampshire had the topline goal of making their operations more efficient. They expected to make changes to reduce costs and improve patient care—and they did. But they also had an additional and unexpectedly pleasant result: Frontline managers felt more ownership of the performance improvement process, which boosted staff engagement and morale. And through the ripple effect, they created a data-driven culture.

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HFMA Webinar - A new approach to benchmarking and performance management

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 – 3 pm EDT

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Sharing Secrets for Successful Benchmarking with HFMA Members in Tennessee

I recently had an opportunity to present to HFMA members in Tennessee on the topic of benchmarking and shared how one of our clients leveraged it to drive meaningful performance improvement for hospitals and health systems. To achieve that level of improvement, many variables must be in place.

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Essential Questions You Should Ask about Your Benchmarking and Performance Management Tool

Can you remember the last time you evaluated your hospital’s benchmarking tool? Many hospitals and health systems use the same performance management tool for a very long time, trusting that its capabilities adequately meet their organizational needs. And that’s just what some of the biggest hospital benchmarking vendors want you to believe, that the size of their database and their longevity in the market cements their value.

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The Data Proves Change is Needed. What’s Next?

Increasing pressure on hospital finances, coupled with the unknown future of reimbursement, is driving many healthcare facilities to aggressively focus on identifying cost-savings opportunities. To stay ahead of those pressures and address challenges head on, organizations are looking at new ways to pursue performance improvement (PI) and find efficiencies throughout their systems. 

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Performance Improvement – 3 Crucial Ingredients to Drive Real Results

As the healthcare industry faces an uncertain future, most providers will tackle a reinforced imperative for efficient and effective performance as they prepare for an overall tightening of operating margins. As the industry works to address the realities and the uncertainties of the regulatory and market changes ahead, the success of their performance initiatives is ever more critical.

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