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How to Strategically Manage Analyst Overload and Master Your Work Queue


By Taylor Smith and Anusha Achukola

As we saw in last week’s blog post, many hospitals and healthcare systems are challenged with having too many analyst needs and too few analysts to complete all the work. As an in-house analyst—working on your own or as a part of a team—you are likely facing a long queue of requests and wishing you could somehow find a better solution to keep up with the demand.

As the amount of data that healthcare organizations collect continues to grow at a rapid rate, the volume of information you and your team will be tasked with analyzing will only continue to grow as well. Without the right tools and workflows, you will continue to struggle to balance it all. 

In last week’s post we outlined a few suggestions for how to overcome the ongoing healthcare analyst shortage. In this post, we’ll address this same issue—but from your perspective.

Specifically, if you are an analyst buried under a pile of reports to be done, we’ve got some practical ways you can update your workflow and manage your work queue—getting more done in less time and with fewer errors.

Healthcare Analysts are in Short Supply: How to Overcome the Challenge

by Lee Ann Lambdin

I hired a great analyst a few years ago. She was skilled with database programs, understood the complexities of the healthcare market, and had previously been a medical records coderin short, she was very talented. The longer she was in her position, the more our state data was reported accurately and on a reliable schedule. It was a huge win for me and my team!

Recognizing her capabilities, I asked if she could start running "quarterly standard reports" that present key findings which could influence how our planning, marketing, and business development departments would function and what we would focus on in the weeks and months to come. These quarterly updates would be high-level summaries of our market landscape and would cover everything from our hospital’s market share, trended volume, competitor positions, product lines, payor mix, patient migration patterns and more.

 

 

Hospital Pay Cuts: Breaking Down the HAC Scoring System

with Christian Nicholl, and Hank Neuhoff

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The Affordable Care Act was implemented to ensure that patients would have access to affordable, high quality, and safe healthcare. Regulations and measures were put in place to make certain that hospitals were meeting these newly implemented standards of care and safety. These standards, known as the Health-Acquired Conditions (HAC) requirements, have led to more in-depth scrutiny into whether hospitals are truly doing everything they can to reduce preventable infections and patient death through unnecessary complications.

For-Profit Hospital's Medicare Top 100 DRGs - Analyst Study

A security analyst recently released a report entitled Hospital Market Share Gains and Losses Medicare Top 100 DRGs on June 10, 2014.  CMS recently released the top 100 DRGs for Medicare beneficiaries. The analyst makes several interesting assumptions and/or conclusions from the data.

Young Invincibles Are No-Show for the Party

Based on the HHS's self-reported data on people who actually signed up for the Marketplace, the Young Invincibles (8.8%) did not show up to the party.  Comparing the actual age segments of the population from 2000 to 2012 shows just how quickly our population is aging and straining the Healthcare system already.  The current Marketplace is an inverted pyramid which translates into a very scary fulcrum to keep the balance intact.  The theory of population health management states that if we can get enough young healthy people in the base of the pyramid, it will support the demands of the more senior population.

Can your Smart Phone Manage Chronic Diseases?

The Pew Foundation put out a very interesting study last week on Chronic Diseases. It was of interest due to the numbers of people who report living with Chronic Diseases and how they are using the Internet to help manage their own personal care. In this ever increasing world of eHealth, the need for apps to manage Chronic Diseases is increasing at a rapid rate. Pew estimates there are now 45% of American Adults living with 1 or more Chronic Diseases.

Medicare Use Rate Trends by State

Recently there have been many concerns regarding the use rate decline of inpatient discharges. In this post we will discuss where and by how much Medicare inpatient use rates are declining across the United States.

What’s Going on inside the Heart of Cardiac Services?

Recently, we performed an analysis for a customer on cardiac services trends.  Based on previous studies, we knew cardiac inpatient services were declining overall.  However, we discovered that inside cardiac services many of the sub-service lines behave quite differently; many declining but some actually increasing.  We analyzed all-payer data from Florida, Texas and California alongside full U.S. Medicare data and discovered a deeper understanding than “inpatient cardiac services are declining.”

County Health Rankings 2012: Obesity in America

On April 3rd, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with The University of Wisconsin released the 3rd annual County Health Rankings. Healthcare professionals, academics, and curious citizens are sifting through more than 30 categories of data collected on nearly every county for 2012. At Stratasan, we decided to do our first analysis on obesity.  Coming with little surprise, the West has the fewest obese people while the South continues to have the highest levels of obesity in the country. However, this is only part of the story. Just like the new County Health Rankings feature, Roadmaps, the South is traveling in the right direction.

Breaking Down Healthcare Cost in America

While Americans debate how to pay for the rising cost of future healthcare, how are we currently paying for America’s $2.6 trillion healthcare bill? According to the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) 2010 data, $849 billion was paid by private insurance companies covering 188 million people, $938 billion was paid by CMS covering 73 million people, and Americans paid an additional $300 billion out-of-pocket for their healthcare.