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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Merritt Hawkins Seeks Survey Participation

Merritt Hawkins, the nation’s leading physician search firm and a VHHA Services Endorsed Business Partner, conducts a national survey to determine the amount of inpatient and outpatient revenue physicians generate on behalf of their affiliated hospitals. Sent to nearly 4,000 hospital chief financial officers nationwide, the survey generates vital data that is used by hospitals…

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New White Paper Tracks Reimbursement Trends

In 1919, the American Medical Association estimated $3.6 billion was spent in the United States on health care annually, equating to 4 percent of gross domestic product (GDP). In 2014, the total exceeded $3 trillion (an 83,000 percent increase), equating to about 17 percent of GDP. A lot has changed between 1919 and today in…

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New Ranking Shows States with Best and Worst Patient Access to Physicians

Merritt Hawkins, VHHA Services’ endorsed physician recruitment services company, has released its 2015 Physician Access Index, a national survey that tracks nearly three dozen metrics that influence access to physicians, physician assistants (PA), and nurse practitioners (NP) in each state. As patients seek quicker access to physicians through urgent care centers, retail clinics, telehealth services,…

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Webinar Invite: Physician Leaders’ Role in Becoming a High Performing Health System

Truven Health Analytics invites those interested to participate in a free webinar (Nov. 13, 2015, 2:30 p.m. EST) with the theme “What does it take to become a high performing health system?” Participants will hear from Truven Health Analytics’ Associate Chief Medical Officer, Byron Scott, MD, MBA; and Senior Vice President for Performance Improvement, Jean…

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