Truven Benchmarking Tool Supports Operational Performance Improvement

Now, more than ever, health care organizations need to sharpen their ability to identify and act on operational performance improvement opportunities. The key to success is realistic comparisons with best-in-class organizations, or benchmarking. The Truven Health ActionOI® performance improvement solution has tools that can be used to evaluate operational and financial performance head-to-head with organizations…

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Complimentary Webinar on Preparing for Episode Payment Models Set for Feb. 15

The Advancing Care Coordination through Episode Payment Models (EPM) Final Rule is another step toward adoption of value-based care. However, recent comments have some wondering if CMS bundled payment programs will be delayed or otherwise altered by the new administration. Despite uncertainty in Washington, there is widespread agreement that the future of care delivery is…

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Two VHHA Member Providers Named on Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospital List

Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital and Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital have been named among the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals in Truven Health Analytics’ “50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals 2017” study. The study has been conducted by Truven Health Analytics, an IBM Company, for 18 years. The national study from Truven, a VHHA Shared Services endorsed vendor,…

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New Merritt Hawkins White Paper: The Growing Use and Recruitment of Hospitalists

There are now more than 50,000 physicians practicing at hospitalists in the United States. Why have their ranks grown so quickly? Who are they and how are they deployed? What are the latest trends in hospitalist recruiting and compensation? Merritt Hawkins, the nation’s leading physician search and consulting firm, and VHHA Shared Services’ preferred physician…

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Cordant Health Solutions Offers VHHA Members Toxicology Results, Risk Assessments

The Virginia General Assembly took action in the 2016 legislative session to provide more tools for fighting the prescription drug abuse crisis in the Commonwealth. Notably, lawmakers extended access of the State Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) to consulting pharmacists as of July 1. Cordant Health Solutions, a VHHA Shared Services-endorsed Medication Monitoring Company, will now…

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VHHA Workforce Recruitment Website Announces Enhanced Features

HospitalCareers.com is a national platform with job postings from hospitals affiliated with 18 other state hospital associations. VAHospitalCareers.com was created as a VHHA member recruitment website oriented towards the hiring needs of Virginia hospitals and health systems. In addition to statewide exposure, participating VHHA members also benefit from national exposure at no additional costs through…

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Patient Access to Physicians: Where Does Virginia Rank?

Where does Virginia rank relative to other states when it comes to patient access to physicians? That question is put in perspective with a new data resource from Merritt Hawkins, the nation’s leading physician search and consulting firm, and a VHHA Shared Services’ endorsed physician search provider. Merritt Hawkins’ Physician Access Index ranking system tracks…

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Helping Address Prescription Drug Abuse in the Commonwealth

Virginia has identified prescription drug abuse as one of the greatest patient safety dangers facing the Commonwealth today. Drug overdoses, babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) from opiate withdrawal, and providers inundated with patients seeking narcotics to treat persistent pain have greatly increased in recent years. Meanwhile, physicians are under greater scrutiny about prescribing…

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VHHA Services Rebranding Itself

VHHA Services is rebranding itself by changing its name to VHHA Shared Hospital Services – a name that more accurately reflects the benefits of its programs and offerings to VHHA members. (VHHA Shared Hospitals Services will soon unveil a new logo as well.) VHHA Services was founded by the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association in…

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