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April Report - Hospital Strategies & Healthcare Industry Updates

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Working in the healthcare industry can sometimes feel like being caught in the eye of a storm – conditions and regulations are constantly changing.


Our mission is to adapt to these changing regulations, while always providing the highest standard of forward-thinking service to our clients, so they can weather what comes next. 


To do this, our team relies on our rich expertise along with three things: a clear mind, a clear plan, and solid preparedness. These principles are exemplified by the team members and ideas highlighted in this newsletter.


Best wishes this Spring 2015! 




Dava Freed

 CEO, President and Founder of Freed Associates

Is Your Hospital Really Paperless?
By: Josh Nathan
Published in Healthcare IT News!

It is tempting to believe that your hospital is now paperless once you’ve implemented an electronic medical record (EMR) system or completed an EHR conversion. 

While EHRs are the biggest step toward going paperless, most organizations still manage volumes of paper which prevents the establishment of a truly integrated care team – one in which all information is available to all providers in near real time. Organizations that are not completely paperless cannot meet HIMSS Stage 7: a full digital environment where all clinical documents are available electronically within 24 hours of creation or receipt. Continue Reading
Do You Support Pay-for-Performance? A Look Ahead at the Future of Healthcare Reimbursement

By: Mark Jahn

Over the next five years, the healthcare industry will experience a significant change in the primary reimbursement method as the industry moves from Fee-For-Service (FFS) to Fee-For-Value (FFV) reimbursement. Also known as Value-Based (VB) Purchasing, Pay-for-Performance, or Pay-for-Value, value-based reimbursement is not new to the healthcare industry.

What is notably significant about the shift to value-based programs as the primary reimbursement method is the degree of dominance and the aggressive time frame. There are several recent examples that indicate this transition is indeed coming in the near future. Continue Reading
Get More Done with Less Multitasking: Learn to Promote Mindfulness at Work Starting Now
By: Ellen Griffith

In the last two decades, there has been a boom in research studies pertaining to the benefits of practicing mindfulness at work and in one’s personal life. The constant barrage of information and opinions in our digital society has increased the pressure to multitask and the need to cope with information overload. As a result, interest in mindfulness has grown among individuals and organizations.

Improvements in telecommunications and mobile technologies have made the act of multitasking more convenient than ever, but no less stressful. While many of us believe multitasking saves time, new scientific evidence suggests we are less efficient and experience more stress when we try to juggle multiple tasks at once. By practicing mindfulness more often in our professional and personal lives, and learning to take things one step at a time, we can become happier and more productive individuals. Continue Reading
Do You Know Your Project Management Fundamentals?
By: Cathy Savinsky

In my 25 years of leading and overseeing projects in the healthcare industry, I’ve developed an understanding of what makes a project successful. 

It starts with a bit of luck – luck in having a committed sponsor, a dedicated team, and a realistic budget and schedule. It requires the ability to lead, motivate, influence, and direct that team to deliver results. Most importantly, it requires an understanding of the project management basics, or fundamentals, and the ability to execute these fundamentals consistently well. When you ignore the basics, projects can quickly fall apart. Continue Reading
Freed Will Attend The 2015 Health Technology Forum Innovation Conference
We are sponsoring the Population Health Management panel at the 4th Annual Health Technology Forum Innovation Conference on May 27th and 28th

Susan Merrill, PhD MPH, a Consultant at Freed with expertise in chronic disease epidemiology and a focus in data analytics and evaluation, will be participating as a panelist. 

This year’s conference, titled ‘Common Good’, will take a deeper look into health and wellness enhancements for the masses made possible through technology and the framing and implementation of key health policies. 

We invite our clients and friends of Freed to join and support us at the conference this year!
CEO’s Corner with Dava Freed

Mindfulness is a hot topic these days, and it’s easy to feel skeptical until you try it for yourself!

We all need a way to focus, to meet expectations, and to free our minds from critical baggage. Practicing mindfulness allows us to be present, to really listen and connect with others, and to solve problems in a new light.

Myself and many of our Freed Associates enjoyed reading 
Finding The Space to Lead: A Practical Guide to Mindful Leadership by Janice Marturano, founder of the Institute for Mindful Leadership.
We’d love to hear from you.
Thanks for reading! And in the future, whether you’re interested in engaging Freed for a project, are inquiring about a job opportunity and just want to know more about our company, we’d like to hear from you. 
Dava Freed, Founder and CEO | 510-525-1853
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