Maximizing Survey Readiness to Enhance Patient Safety and Positively Impact Reimbursement

By Daria Byrne, Vice President, Clinical and MedSurg Solutions Consulting, Intalere We live in a consumer-driven healthcare society. Outcomes affect reputation and reputation affects the bottom line. Good outcomes depend on processes that are continually assessed and improved. On average, healthcare providers receive government payment of 88 to 90 cents for every dollar spent caring […]

Management’s Role in Improving Quality and Producing Safer Outcomes in Healthcare

By Shon Wettstein, Vice President, Business Development, and Stephanie Dorwart, CEO, Altius Healthcare Consulting  With today’s advanced technologies, healthcare providers have saved more lives than ever thought possible. Miracles are happening every day. State-of-the-art equipment currently available certainly plays a role, but these miracles are due mainly to the outstanding teams of medical professionals who […]

Getting the Most from Your Foodservice Agreements

By Peter Cayan, MA, RD, CDN, LDN – Vice President, Supply Chain and Nutrition Consulting, Intalere Purchased services make up roughly 40 percent of the average health system’s supply chain costs. However, when it comes time to managing contractors, including foodservice, many healthcare facilities fall into the habit of allowing their agreement to roll over […]

Enhance the Effectiveness of Your Supply Chain with Clean Data

By Shon Wettstein, Vice President of Business Development and Product Management Clean data could be defined as accurate catalog fields that reduce transactional discrepancies, promote in-depth organizational reporting and assist in the implementation of standardized product categories across your enterprise. Clean data is always a work in progress, not just an outcome. So what are […]

Are You Maximizing the Value of Your Insurance Services?

By Chris Agnello, Vice President, Intalere Insurance Services Obtaining and implementing insurance services for your healthcare organization is often viewed as a necessity of doing business, rather than a more strategic opportunity to reduce costs and align with the financial, operational and strategic needs of the organization and its employees. Certainly, employee benefits tend to […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight: Highlands Hospital – IM WELL (Integrative Medicine – Women Excelling Living Life)

ISSUE Women within the community voiced concerns that they felt their health was not taken as seriously as their male counterparts. Additionally, women wanted techniques to reduce stress and anxiety, and help to achieve optimal health status. SOLUTION Based upon the results of a Community Health Needs Assessment and the completion of a Strategic Plan […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight – Supply Cost Efficiencies: How Increasing the Use of Custom Packs Helped WASC

ISSUE Wooster Ambulatory Surgery Center (WASC) was facing many inventory issues: inventory costs out of proportion, inefficient management of the supplies needed and how they are purchased and/or stored and too many miscellaneous items on stock shelves. SOLUTION WASC became a sole-source member of Intalere and began utilizing Intalere supplier contracts to receive the best […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight-Woodlawn Hospital Cost Reduction on Orthopedic Implants

ISSUE Woodlawn Hospital was incurring a cost increase on orthopedic implants every year while their reimbursement remained the same. The facility needed to find a way to reduce their cost of implants. SOLUTION Woodlawn tried to negotiate directly with their supplier and to also “piggy back” onto a contract with another local hospital. While the […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight-Milford Regional Medical Center-Redefining Traditional Roles to Reduce Readmissions

ISSUE The senior management team and board of trustees of Milford Regional Medical Center identified reducing avoidable readmissions as a hospital-wide goal. Although certain diagnoses contribute to the bulk of readmissions, Milford Regional identified medication, discharge planning, patient and family engagement, and social issues (transportation and nutrition) as key areas affecting readmissions. SOLUTION The facility […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight-Washington Rural Health Collaborative Achieves Value-Based Readiness and Transformation

ISSUE With CMS and Washington State detailing specific targets for transitioning to value-based payment (VBP), and private payers clearly expressing their intent to accelerate the transition, rural providers must create the infrastructure and culture to manage the transition or run the very real risk of being left behind and compromising access and outcomes for the […]