Healthcare Reimbursement

The Annual Wellness Visit – The Foundation of Population Health Management

By Shon Wettstein, Vice President, Business Development, Intalere Physician groups that truly want to succeed in the new pay-for-performance era must transform themselves, focusing on a directed initiative to move to a population health management approach. In doing so, they should explore the pros and cons of an aggressive health risk assessment (HRA) program, namely using […]

Nutrition in the Changing Healthcare Landscape

by Peter Cayan, MA, RD, CDN, LDN Senior Director, Nutrition Specialists, Intalere Nutrition and nutrition therapy have never been more relevant than now in the age of healthcare reform and the changing healthcare landscape. I recently discussed this topic with Dr. Tracy Smith, senior clinical manager for Abbott Nutrition, for a podcast. According to the […]

Five Areas of Focus to Improve Patient Safety and Satisfaction

by Annette Hutchins, Senior Director, Medical Surgical Specialist Team Achieving patient-centered excellence and ensuring clinicians have the tools and support necessary to deliver evidence-based care consistently and safely, is a major objective for any healthcare organization. What are some of the important areas facilities are focusing on to help them along the journey to patient […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight-Northern Arizona Healthcare/Flagstaff Medical Center-Reduction of Hospital Readmissions for Patients with Previously Identified Malnutrition

ISSUE Malnutrition is a serious issue, with 1 in 3 U.S. hospital patients being affected. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have projected reduced reimbursement for malnutrition readmissions within 30 days of discharge. At Flagstaff Medical Center (FMC), 42% of patients identified at risk for malnutrition were being readmitted within 30 days of […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight-Coastal Carolinas Health Alliance-Regional Health Information Exchange (HIE) Improves Quality and Transition of Care throughout North Carolina

ISSUE Coastal Connect Health Information Exchange (CCHIE) is a stakeholder initiative within Coastal Carolinas Health Alliance and includes unaffiliated healthcare entities and providers integrating EMR systems to provide for the exchange of and access to clinical documents in support of improved care transition. SOLUTION Regional strategies have established an environment where data exchange and utilization […]

How to Find Opportunities to Advance Your Supply Chain Organization

By Brent Johnson, President and CEO, Intalere A recent supply chain survey conducted by UPS found that only 18 percent of companies could produce a current supply chain strategy document with a detailed project roadmap. Why? Much of it has to do with the fact that supply chain, especially in the case of healthcare, is […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight: Crossing Rivers Health Navigating the C’s – Collaboration, Coordination and Continuity – to Reduce Readmissions

This post looks at how the implementation of an interdisciplinary readmission team at Crossing Rivers Health in Wisconsin helped dramatically reduce readmission rates. Issue Crossing Rivers Health was missing the consistency necessary to sustain a reduction in readmission rates. The facility’s goal was to enhance collaboration, coordination and continuity related to patient care transitions. Solution An […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight: Montfort Jones Memorial Hospital – Community Hospital’s Journey for HCAHPS Excellence

We continue our series featuring members and their best practices. This one features Montfort Jones Memorial Hospital and its journey for HCAHPS excellence. Issue Montfort Jones Memorial Hospital’s (MJMH’s) inpatient satisfaction scores were among the lowest in Mississippi as well as nationwide. These scores were measured through Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems […]

Solving the PPI Problem

By Lori Pilla, Vice President, Supply Chain Optimization and Intalere Clinical Advantage, Intalere The costs and inherent issues of physician preference items (PPIs) in hospitals and surgery centers have been challenges in the healthcare setting for many years. But as providers are faced with shrinking reimbursements and service line contribution margins in this era of […]

Medical/Surgical Supplies and Physician Preference Items – Strategies to Improve Your Program

By Lori Pilla, Vice President, Clinical Advantage and Supply Chain Optimization, Intalere With reimbursement and service line margins shrinking, supply chain managers need proven strategies to cut supply costs, especially in the area of medical surgical supplies, without affecting the quality of care. Nearly half of all med surg supplies used are in the area […]