5 Healthcare Strategic Initiatives for 2014

It looks like 2014 will be busy for the healthcare industry. We talked recently about the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems and what it means for hospitals, but there are other high-profile issues healthcare organizations will need to deal with this year.

Providers should develop strategic initiatives for these five issues that will affect all healthcare organizations in 2014.

HCAHPS: 5 Ways Hospitals Can Improve Patient Satisfaction

The Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems is a standardized database that tracks patient satisfaction. While it’s been in place for several years, under the Affordable Care Act, HCAHPS data now figures into the calculation to determine the payments health services organizations receive.

Patient safety and quality of care are increasingly imperative, especially in the context of HCAHPS compliance and the highly regulated nature of the healthcare industry. Patients trust that their clinicians are fully focused, competent and retain skills that exceed maximum standards. The patient’s quality of care should never be compromised due to internal disruptive behaviors between medical staff members.

As we near the end of January, how prepared do you feel about the implementation of ICD-10 this fall? Although it may still be several months ahead, the October 1st deadline will be here before you know it, and now is the time to ensure that your organization has a plan in place. It may seem like an overwhelming task, but if you involve the right people, you’ll realize you have the resources to meet this deadline.  The following tips were taken from a presentation I attended at a regional HCCA conference titled, “ICD-10 for Non-Coders”, by Dr.

PreCheck’s Top 10 Healthcare & Compliance Blog Posts in 2013

2013 was a very special year for PreCheck. We celebrated our 20th anniversary exclusively serving the healthcare industry and our Blog also had its first birthday last summer. As we look forward to another great year of new milestones, here’s a look back at ten of our most popular blog articles from last year.

6 Talent Management Considerations for Tomorrow's Workforce

Talent management: today’s marketplace has made it more important than ever for organizations to pay close attention to those two words. In our increasingly technocentric, globally-oriented business environment, how you acquire, manage, and maintain your talent pool has a quantifiable impact on your business’s ability to innovate, adapt, and remain competitive.

How to Improve Healthcare Employee Turnover with Stay Interviews

Federal government data confirm what hospitals, medical practices and other healthcare providers have been noticing: By 2020, the U.S. is projecting a shortage of almost a million nurses. So even if you have enough now, you need to ensure you hang onto them.

Celebrating Medical Staff Services Awareness Week 2013

In honor of our clients in the medical staff world, PreCheck is celebrating Medical Staff Services Awareness Week. We work alongside our clients every day to help their hospitals and healthcare facilities adhere to industry specific compliance standards and regulations.

What Oregon’s New Provider-Credentialing System Means for Medical Staff Services Managers

Oregon’s new law establishing a statewide provider-credentialing system means big changes for medical staff services managers. The law, passed as SB 604, streamlines provider credentialing by establishing a centralized electronic database for credentialing organizations such as hospitals, insurance companies and other facilities.

What the Law Means

With this move, Oregon is the first state to mandate a single statewide credentialing system for medical providers.

10 Key Healthcare Trends from HealthStream Summit for Success in 2014

Last week, I traveled to Nashville, Tennessee along with a few of my colleagues for HealthStream Summit—an annual conference empowering healthcare professionals to achieve better outcomes in the delivery of patient care. Patient care and safety is what drives everything that we do at PreCheck, which is why we’ve partnered with a company like HealthStream that shares our core values for impacting healthcare.