Reducing Postoperative Opioid Prescription and Use with an Enhanced Recovery Program

Date: January 18, 2018
Category: Supply Chain
Filed under: Opioids, Pharmacy, Supply chain

Amid a national epidemic, the healthcare supply chain has come under scrutiny for its practices in the distribution and prescription of opioids. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly half of all opioid overdose deaths involve a prescription opioid. Under societal pressure, hospitals and health systems are examining their roles in this […]

Forecasting the Future of Patient Communication Choices

Inside the healthcare industry, the shift to consumerism is now a fact of life. So much so, that it is not uncommon for patients to be referred to as “consumers.” The connotations with each word—“patients” and “consumers”—are different, which can be a positive thing. Is it enough, however, to simply make the unilateral shift to […]

The Rise of Blockchain in Healthcare

A topic that has been gaining momentum in the healthcare IT space is that of the blockchain, a growing list of records linked and secured with cryptography and famously used for Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Because of blockchain’s high resilience to data modification—in large part due to its decentralized structure that continually validates new data […]

Reflecting After IHI Quality Improvement Forum: What Did HBI Learn and How Can We Help?

Ringing in a new year often means a fresh start, prompting individuals and organizations alike to prepare for what lies ahead. While hospital and health system leaders get ready for 2018, our team here at HBI is also figuring out key focus areas for the year ahead and how we can better inform our members’ […]

Diversifying Contract Portfolios Provides Mutual Benefits

Hospitals and health systems are central pillars in many communities, serving as anchor institutions that not only deliver healthcare to the local population, but also provide jobs, donate to charitable organizations, make community investments, and stimulate the economy. In many communities, the local hospital or health system may be the largest organization in that community. […]

Impactability is the Next Step for Predictive Analytics

As health organizations shift from reactive to preventative care, many decide to focus on analyzing patients’ risk of succumbing to certain conditions. Organizations typically assign a “risk score” for each patient to allow clinicians to easily assess which patients are at a higher risk of an event that may require intervention. While such initiatives typically […]

Surgical Site Infection Prevention Techniques Disseminated in Latest Best Practice Report

By: Kshipra K
Date: December 26, 2017

Surgical site infections (SSIs)—common hospital-acquired infections that are costly and can lead to increased morbidity and mortality—can occur at any surgical site and at any stage of the surgical process. Realizing the prevalence and burden of SSIs, HBI’s Cost & Quality Academy focused on these infections in its latest best practice report, entitled Best Practices […]

Gauging Physicians with a Value Analysis Pulse Survey

Date: December 21, 2017
Category: Supply Chain

Historically, the process of bringing new products into a hospital or health system was driven by two primary players: vendors and physicians. Vendors would bring in devices directly to the hospital floor and make their pitches, trying their best to convince physicians that their product was the most innovative, the most efficacious, and the most […]

Finding the Answers to Your Questions

Since joining HBI, I have worked as a revenue cycle auditor, analyst, and consultant. As part of my role, I am responsible for providing hospital leaders with objective insights into how their operation is performing and where they should focus their attention. Here is what I’ve learned over time. Revenue cycle leaders are constantly trying […]