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December Newsletter – Industry Expertise & Top Consultant Insights

Your December eNewsletter from Freed Associates.


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Earlier this year, Freed Associates consultant Carly Dunham published an article on mindfulness in health care in which she noted how many organizations are increasingly seeing mindfulness – the individual state of active, open attention on the present – as a vital tool to help guide employees through the inevitable peaks and valleys that accompany change.As we near year-end and reflect back on a considerable amount of change in our industry and nation, we also can be mindful of the adage that we can only control what’s within our control – nothing more and nothing less. Tempting as it may be to wish for some things or ways of doing things to be “different” (however you define it), it’s important to focus on our work at hand and plan for the unknown. Our advice is to do scenario planning, look at your risks and perform modeling and engage in conversations.Speaking of work at hand, we hope an article in this issue will provide you with insights that can benefit you and your organization. I welcome your thoughts on our newsletter. I wish you and your families a peaceful and happy year-end.All my best for 2017,Dava Freed

Navigate Effectively through Medicare’s CJR Program – An Overview
By: Debra Mathias As seen in: Healthcare Informatics. Up to 60 percent of hospitals participating in Medicare’s mandatory new Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) reimbursement model, which began on April 1, 2016, could face financial penalties in year two of the CJR program when downside risk begins, based on an analysis from this past spring from Avalere, a health care advisory firm. It doesn’t need to be this way. In this article, we detail the steps that hospitals should take to successfully navigate through the new CJR model. We address background information on the CJR model and a list of internal steps for hospitals to take. Continue reading…

SUCCESS STORY: Freed Significantly Improves HMO’s IT Business Intelligence Team Performance
By: Jim Buckheit Swamped by a doubling of its membership, an HMO’s IT business intelligence (BI) team was struggling to correctly keep up with internal project requests and priorities. Freed Associates stabilized the BI team’s performance by developing an improved service strategy and tools to help the team collaborate more effectively with its internal business clients.Continue reading…

POV: Successfully Shifting a Health Care Project Team to Operations
By: Cathy Savinsky and Alan Stadelhofer As seen in Becker’s Hospital Review. In this article, we share our recommendations for best practices when transitioning project teams into operational roles, based in part on a transition success we observed first-hand within a major national health plan. The health plan sought to shift a 200+ member project team to a new operational model to support a key line of business affecting its plan participants. But first, the health plan and its transitioning team needed to factor in the critical differences that existed between its project and operational work. Continue reading…

SUCCESS STORY: Health System Updates Critical Risk Occurence System Using Freed Custom Training
By: Caren Jones Patients rely on health care organizations and professionals for their well-being, which is why enhancing patient safety by identifying, responding to and reducing risk events is imperative. A major health system turned to Freed Associates (Freed) to develop and deliver a customized training curriculum to educate staff on entering adverse health events using Midas+ and following up on reported events.Continue reading…

News: Freed Consultants Participate in “Light the Night Walk”
Light The Night Walk: Taking Steps to End Cancer
Freed consultants Jim Buckheit, Chet Stagnaro, Andrea Rodgers, and Shanti Wilson participated in the Sacramento, CA, Light The Night Walk. More about Light The Night Walk.

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