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The Inside Story on State and All-Payer Claims Data

Posted by Tony Camarata on Jun 19, 2018 3:14:18 PM

Why You Need Both for Growth Planning and Physician Relations

By Haley Attridge, Tony Camarata, Rebecca Groner, Lee Ann Lambdin, and Dave Sellers

Every hospital and healthcare system looking to grow could benefit from reliable, clean, and standardized healthcare patient data. It’s critical for strategic planners and physician liaisons, in particular, to have access to data they can trust when looking to expand offerings, build physician relationships, and improve accessibility to care for their service area.

We recently compared state and CMS datasets and discussed how to sort through the complexities of both to extract valuable insights. If you missed that post, we encourage you to check it out, here.

In this post, we’re analyzing state and all-payer claims data. We’ll explore how these datasets differ, why they differ, and how, when armed with insights from both datasets, planners and liaisons can gain a more complete picture of the opportunities within their market.

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Tags: strategic growth, data, data processing, data strategy, health data, healthcare data, healthcare strategic planning, state data, all-payer claims data, apcd

Elevate Your Physician Referral Strategy

Posted by Tony Camarata on May 30, 2018 10:41:00 AM

Use the Right Data to Stay Competitive and Optimize Physician Outreach

Whether it proves to be an opportunity or a curse, one thing is certain; today’s healthcare providers are living in interesting times. The US healthcare system is facing a monumental physician shortage due to population growth, an increase in the number of aging Americans, and the retirement of practicing doctors. Additionally, despite increased medical school enrollments over the last half decade, the physician shortfall is projected to grow to 100,000 by the year 2030, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Concurrent to these headaches has been the onslaught of big data—seen by many as a potential elixir to a myriad of problems, and seen by others as merely a new conundrum. 

One thing is certain: hospitals and health systems have never had a more urgent need for accurate, actionable intelligence—especially with regards to fostering and maintaining their physician relations to drive strategic growth.

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Tags: Blog, physician liaison, Physician Pathway, physician referral, physician relations, strategic growth, health care, healthcare, physician liaision, white paper

5 Ways to Increase Organizational Alignment: It Starts with Data

Posted by Tony Camarata on Nov 22, 2017 8:15:00 AM

By Tony Camarata

Is your healthcare system failing to meet annual strategic goals due to a lack of organizational alignment? Studies show that the highest-performing healthcare organizations have a strategic plan that sets a clear direction for all functional teams. This plan succeeds or fails depending upon organization-wide understanding of the goals, tactics, and measurable outcomes needed to fulfill the strategic goals. Conversely, if your team is unable to establish alignment, your health system risks stagnation and year-over-year frustration about your inability to meet goals and expectations.  
Here’s a look at how to improve your hospital’s organizational alignment from top to bottom and why getting this right could be the key to meeting your annual strategic goals.

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Tags: strategic growth, strategic growth planning, strategic planners, strategic planning, data, healthcare, healthcare strategic growth, alignment

Demographic Data: From Commodity to Strategic Planning Asset

Posted by Tony Camarata on Oct 18, 2017 11:32:41 AM

Introducing Demographics for Launch Pathway

By Tony Camarata, Morgan Atkins, and Rebecca Groner

Demographic data is one of the oldest forms of strategic planning data available. The inaugural US Census was in 1790, which is relatively recent considering the history of census data. Today, demographic data is a basic commodity with detailed information being available on the Census Bureau's website. You can also get this kind of information from numerous established businesses or from a trade association.

While easy access to demographic data is convenient, simply having the information is often not enough. Businesses and organizations looking to use demographic data to find opportunities for growth will need the data to be filtered and organized in a way that makes it useful. This is especially the case for hospitals and healthcare systems.

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Tags: strategic growth, demographics, healthcare data, healthcare marketing, healthcare strategic growth, healthcare strategic planning, marketing, marketing development, marketing roi, targeted marketing, launch pathway, healthcare data analytics, healthcare demographics

Live Facilitation of Strategy Meetings

Posted by Tony Camarata on Jul 11, 2017 2:32:47 PM

By Tony Camarata

Has this ever happened to you? You walk into a strategy meeting with your strategic plan, ready to plan for the future, but walk out with a long list of to-dos instead? The meeting that was supposed to be used to chart your future growth strategy is spent asking and attempting to answer questions about past performance. Your organization’s key stakeholders need to know more insight into certain figures and also have requested intelligence that wasn’t prepared in advance, but they are not the right audience to jump into Excel pivot tables.

Storyboards will eliminate this problem with live meeting facilitations.

Launch Pathway is a data visualization tool that lives on top of state data. The Storyboards feature enables you to take snapshots of market share, service lines, payor mix, and maps of your facility and add them to presentation-ready decks within minutes, all within the application.

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Tags: strategic planning, data visualization, hospital strategic planning, maps, data presentation

Launch Pathway vs. Tableau

Posted by Tony Camarata on Mar 28, 2017 3:45:21 PM

Why Each Platform was Created and the Unique Needs and Goals of Each User

By Tony Camarata, Scott Burns, and Forrest Rich

As we approached the official release date of Launch Pathwaywe found it helpful to consider other platforms on the market that provide a similar set of offerings. We analyzed and researched our customer’s needs and the options previously available to them so we have a more complete understanding of how Launch Pathway will be useful and relevant to our customers. Based on our market research, these are the three primary options available to healthcare marketers and strategists looking to apply data intelligence to strategic growth planning:

  • An in-house DIY approach
  • Tableau
  • Launch Pathway

We won’t cover the details of an in-house DIY approach in this post, but we’ll instead focus on the differences between Tableau and Launch Pathway. Launch Pathway is strategic intelligence platform that transforms complex healthcare market data into straightforward insights. It removes the roadblocks of data crunching for healthcare marketing and strategic planning professionals, allowing users to more quickly progress to the high-value work of growth strategy and planning. Tableau was created to help anyone see and understand their data, whatever that data might be. It connects to almost any database, allowing for the creation of drag and drop to visualizations.

We know both Tableau and Launch Pathway have a lot of great capabilities, so we’re not interested in detailing out every good and bad aspect of each platform. But, we do see value in highlighting the strategy behind why each was created, who the users are of each, and what these users are trying to accomplish.

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Tags: data visualization, data analysis, healthcare, healthcare data, healthcare analytics partner, launch pathway, healthcare market data, tableau

Big Data or The Right Data? Why Hospitals and Healthcare Systems Should Focus on Data Relevant for Strategic Growth

Posted by Tony Camarata on Mar 8, 2017 11:43:58 AM

By Tony Camarata

Discussions around “big data” — what it is and why it’s useful — are infiltrating every arena of the healthcare space. Strategic planning, marketing, business development, patient care, and health outcomes are looking to big data for answers.

While the intelligence gained from big data analysis is valuable, there are compelling reasons to believe that working with the right data is far more important than simply having access to, and analysis of, big data.

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Tags: strategic growth, strategic growth planning, strategic planners, strategic planning, data, healthcare, healthcare strategic growth, big data

Best Practices for Physician Recruitment and Data Sensitivity

Posted by Tony Camarata on Mar 24, 2016 7:06:52 AM

The misuse of physician recruitment data has become big business for the Department of Justice. Since January 2009, the DOJ has recovered a total of more than $25 billion through False Claims Act cases, with more than $16 billion of that amount recovered in cases involving fraud against federal healthcare programs. In the face of this increasing enforcement activity, thoughtful understanding and appropriate implementation of referral and recruitment data is more important than ever.  

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Tags: Blog, physician liaison, physician liaisons, Physician Pathway, physician recruitment, physician referral, physician relations, data sensitivity, department of justice, doctor, health care, healthcare, hospital, Pathway, physician, referral data, physician patterns

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