Staffing Model Innovation in the NICU

Like all healthcare organizations, children’s hospitals face mounting pressure to reduce costs. Hospital leaders face the challenge of hitting ambitious new financial targets without compromising the quality of care. This is an especially delicate balancing act in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), where many of their sickest and most vulnerable patients are located.

In their article Needing More From Your NICU, ECG consultants Shelby Jergens and Clark Bosslet urge NICU leaders to turn a critical eye to their unit processes. They identify three areas that present the greatest opportunity for impactful change—staffing models, compensation methodology, and care coordination—and offer actionable plans based on what they’ve seen work with their clients. Here, Shelby and Clark talk about the work they’ve done with pediatric organizations around staffing model innovation in particular. Continue reading

Collaboration is Critical in Care Model Transformation

Organizations that want to transform the way they deliver care must have their physicians engaged in the effort – from the planning stages through implementation and beyond. Physicians are among the most influential stakeholders in a healthcare organization, and without their buy-in, organizations will struggle to meet the requirements of any new care model.

In a previous blog post, we watched an integrated health system pilot a patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model to great success, only to lose momentum when the model was scaled up across the broader system. Because physicians weren’t engaged in the process, the system failed to achieve true transformation.

In today’s blog post, we’ll see what happens when physicians are empowered to drive care model transformation. Continue reading

Five Keys to Success Under the Oncology Care Model

In January 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and its Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) announced a new value-based payment program for oncology practices and centers. The Oncology Care Model (OCM) is an alternative payment model (APM) that CMS is testing over a 5-year period to evaluate the shift in oncology payments from fee-for-service to fee-for-value. Continue reading

What’s Trending? Observing the Impact of Healthcare Reform

Healthcare reform and evolving reimbursement models are transforming the way care is and will be delivered and paid for. This has incited myriad responses by hospitals and physician groups, as well as other stakeholder groups, across the country. By working with healthcare systems and providers throughout the United States, ECG has an all-access view of how reform and the transition to value-based care are playing out in different regions. Here are some prominent trends we are observing. Continue reading

Closing the Book on 2014

This past year was one of “getting down to business” in the healthcare industry. Having shrugged off legal challenges, a government shutdown, and highly publicized technical glitches, the Affordable Care Act went into effect in 2014, moving the healthcare sector toward a value-centric system.

ECG worked with providers across the country to traverse and keep pace with these transformational changes. In 2015, we’ll continue to lead healthcare forward, helping our clients develop key competencies and implement strategies to become thriving value-based enterprises.

As we close the book on 2014, let’s look back at a few of the key themes that appeared in this space during the past year and take a peek at the issues our clients will encounter in the coming year. Continue reading