Process Improvement

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 […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight-Leveraging RFID Technology and Value Analysis to Manage Expiring Inventory-University of Chicago Medicine

ISSUE Expiring medical devices represent significant financial costs to healthcare institutions, but also represent a risk to patient safety. An issue that is many times dismissed as a ‘cost of doing business,’ expiring inventory is a problem that required University of Chicago Medicine (UCM) Supply Chain to effectively engage clinicians and suppliers in order to […]

Aggregating Purchasing and Expertise to Achieve Value – Blackmaple Group

ISSUE Blackmaple Group (BMG) discovered that each member of its client U.S. Women’s Health Alliance (USWHA), an association of 400 OBGYNs, was paying widely variable prices for goods, and each had individual relationships with distributors and group purchasing organizations (GPOs). Streamlining would create efficiency, knowledge and value. SOLUTION BMG drove a request for proposal (RFP) […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight – Parkview Health – Product and Equipment Trials Project Analyst

ISSUE In a growing IDN, migrating to the Institutes Model of organizational structure, more specialty and subspecialty physicians are being recruited into Parkview’s healthcare system. Parkview clinicians make significant efforts to ensure evidence-based best practice products and equipment meet patient needs and provide for optimal patient outcomes. These initiatives have led to a significant upturn […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight – Lompoc Valley Medical Center – Robot on Call – Telemedicine Saving Lives

ISSUE Because the Lompoc Valley does not have a neurologist available around the clock, patients displaying signs of a stroke are often transferred out of town to larger hospitals with more advanced treatment capabilities, delaying potential life-saving care and forcing a patient’s support network to travel to be near the patient. SOLUTION After several months […]

Ten Steps to Labor Productivity

  By Tom O’Bannon, Senior Director, Executive Resources Specialist and Stephanie Dorwart, CEO, Altius Healthcare Consulting Group (Adapted based on information from Altius Healthcare Consulting Group) Improving labor productivity within hospitals and healthcare systems has become a core element that compels organizations to seek new approaches to working more efficiently. In order to gain control […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight: Achieving Positive Clinical Outcomes by Minimizing Hypoglycemic Episodes Associated with Anti-Diabetic Agents – Sea View

ISSUE Insulin and other hypoglycemic products are categorized by the FDA and regulatory agencies as high-risk medications. Evidence suggests the use of these medications can cause serious resident injury or harm. Via a quality assurance process of glucometer data, Sea View recognized a large percentage of residents were triggering for hypoglycemic episodes while utilizing these […]

Best Practices in Automating Your Accounts Payable Function

By Tom O’Bannon, Senior Director, Enterprise Solutions, Supply Chain Strategies, Intalere Healthcare organizations face a number of challenges associated with accounts payable (AP)…and it’s easy for CFOs to lose sleep at night. Despite the increasing digitization of workflow and systems, the accounts payable process in many healthcare organizations remains mired in paper copies and manual workflow. […]

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 […]