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August Report - Hospital Strategies & Healthcare Industry Updates

TOPIC: Publications
August Newsletter
As summer comes to an end, we can happily look forward to the fall, a time of beginnings and transformation. School is starting, your favorite fall sports are beginning, as are many changes in our healthcare industry. Many of your organizations are preparing for ICD-10, new population health initiatives, changes in quality and care management and planning for 2016.
CMS published the FY 2016 Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System final rule earlier this month, and we have provided highlights in this newsletter. You can also read about care transitions as well as process improvements engagements. Freed Associates’ goal is to help your organization be prepared for upcoming changes and to help plan for the future. We use methods we believe in; they have been honed with trial and error in order to best serve you, your clients, patients and employees.
I hope you enjoy reading this newsletter and welcome your comments.
Best wishes for a wonderful fall season.
Dava Freed
CEO, President and Founder of Freed Associates
The FY 2016 Inpatient Prospective Payment System Final Rule Reinforces CMS’ Move from Volume to Value
By: Emily Richmond
On August 17, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its final rule for the Inpatient Prospective Payment System for fiscal year 2016. The rule serves to reinforce the increasingly swift pace CMS is taking to move towards a value-based payment system. This rule also demonstrates that there will continue to be a lot of moving parts for hospitals and other inpatient facilities to keep track of over the next few years – from changing quality measures to Meaningful Use, it will be important to understand all the applicable payment penalties and reporting programs that apply to your organization. 
Redesigning Private Exchange Processes for a Major Health Plan – Meeting Client Demands
By: Nikki Iantuono
The evolution of private exchanges is challenging traditional relationships between insurance carriers, their customers, and brokers. Our client had difficulty meeting exchange sponsor timelines, ensuring quality results, managing internal communications, and accommodating variations in processes across exchanges. Freed’s experience as a non-disruptive collaborator and ability to improve organizational efficiencies proved useful in addressing this disconnect. Continue Reading
Practical Approaches to Enhance Care Transitions into the Community 
By: Shanti Wilson
Enhancing care transitions requires involvement from all members of the care team. From the provider to the patient, practical approaches to advancing communication and data are key for improving outcomes and quality of care. Health education and community-based organizations (CBOs) can enrich care transitions along with soft handoffs, nurse case managers, and shared action plans. These can all lead to improvements throughout the care continuum. By focusing on data and analytics and finding gaps in transitions of care (TOC), problems can be identified and an effective improvement plan can be implemented. Continue Reading
Improving Patient Care with Enterprise Wide Imaging Management System
By: Chet Stagnaro
Freed Associates recently assisted a large community-based health organization implement an
enterprise wide medical imaging management application using a Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA). 
For this not-for-profit organization-made up of more than 50,000 doctors, employees, and volunteers, and encompassing multiple hospitals and physician practices- this implementation presented a solution to their costly and limited proprietary medical imaging system. Continue Reading
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Addressing The Main Issues That Impact Care Coordination At The 2015 Technology Forum
By: Samir Panchal
The Health Technology Event in June 2015 discussed the main issues impacting Care Coordination in today’s healthcare system.
Freed Consultant, Samir Panchal, moderated this event, seeking out new ideas for integrating health services and technology with a focus on patient-centered care.
The forum’s discussions centered on the three main points of data integration, community, and patient privacy.
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Freed’s Southern California Operations Contribute to Higher Education
By: Alan Little & Cathy Savinsky
On July21st, two of Freed’s Southern California consulting staff participated as guest lecturers at USC’s Sol Price School of Public Policys.
Freed’s staff shared real-world insights into the subtleties of professional Project Management with over 20 students in a graduate-level Healthcare IT class. The students learned about the importance of simple, streamlined communications, and the wisdom of employing goal-defined program management principles that mitigate risk and improve project success.
Dava Freed, Founder and CEO | 510-525-1853