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Why a Data Addiction Could Be Good for Hospital Performance

Posted by Jennifer Keller on Jun 11, 2019 2:53:41 PM

How to Foster a Data-Focused Culture

By Jennifer Keller

Gist Healthcare provides a weekly newsletter called the Weekly Gist.  A popular read in our office, we find it to be informative and useful for staying on top of the latest healthcare news.  In this newsletter, they distill the latest healthcare news, trends, and conversations with industry leaders into actionable guidance for CEOs and senior executives.

A recent excerpt from Gist caught our attention. The CMO of a regional health system shared that: “his personal efforts to champion greater performance transparency and tracking of key clinical metrics made a big difference in [his] system’s impressive results in elevating physician performance.” He went on to emphasize that “getting the doctors addicted to data” was a critical element of his system’s success.

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Tags: data analysis, data analytics, data-driven decisions, healthcare data, healthcare data analytics, storyboards

3 Essential Questions to Ask of Your APCD Provider

Posted by Morgan Atkins on May 7, 2019 9:12:28 PM

Uncover the Fundamental Truths Your APCD Should Deliver

By Morgan Atkins and Daniel Dreaden

Not all APCD (all-payer claims data) is created equally. Depending on the data aggregator and clearinghouse used, the APCD offered by any given analytics company can vary significantly.

When choosing a partner to provide your APCD, it can be difficult to discern what’s most important. Many incentives offered may sound nice to have, but could also be distractions to keep you from noticing more critical features that are lacking. As you consider your options, keep these three questions in mind:

  • Does this APCD provide patient cohort tracking?
  • Will you be able to access submit and remit data?
  • Is there transparency into what is being modeled and how?

Let's discuss in more detail each of these questions and why it’s critical to have these clearly answered before signing on with an APCD provider.

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Tags: data analytics, healthcare data, healthcare analytics partner, healthcare data analytics, all-payer claims data, apcd

Pairing the Right Questions with the Right Data

Posted by Angelo Vibar on Feb 19, 2019 8:43:09 PM

Effectively Leverage Your Data for Maximum Growth Insights

By Angelo Vibar, Tony Camarata and Dave Sellers

Are you asking the wrong questions of the right data; or the right questions of the wrong data? Most healthcare strategic planners understand the value of using data for informed decision making, but many don’t know how to effectively use data—or when to acquire new data—to find the answers they need.

When looking to assess market share or performance, you may feel the datasets you already have access to will provide the answers you need. But what if you don’t have the right data to answer these particular questions? Using the wrong data, you may miss important segments of your population in your analysis and risk using out-of-date or inconsistent data. A new data set all together may be needed to properly address the issues at hand.

There is also great value in being able to trust your data so you can be confident in your decision making. As hospital leaders face mounting financial and operational challenges, it’s critical to have tools that can consolidate and visualize healthcare market data—offering a source of common truth—and speed up the data analysis process. A source of common truth can unify departments around growth goals, metrics, and reliable market intelligence.

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Tags: data analysis, healthcare data, state data, cms data, all-payer claims data

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

Best Practices in Physician Relations Sales Planning, ROI Measurement, and Results Tracking

Posted by Jackie DeGroat on May 30, 2018 9:11:37 AM

Takeaways from the 2018 Healthcare Marketing and Physician Strategies Summit

By Jackie DeGroat

This month, several members of our team attended the 2018 Healthcare Marketing & Physician Strategies Summit in Salt Lake City, UT. This year, more than 800 executives attended The Summit, which is the leading conference for senior-level marketing, strategy, physician relations, sales, and business development executives from hospitals, health systems, academic medical centers, integrated networks, and medical groups.

Attending as sponsors, our team found the experience to be a rewarding mix of networking with peers and gleaning best practices from specialists in various arenas of the healthcare industry. Here are my key takeaways, summarized as a series of best practices for physician liaisons in the areas of sales planning and tracking and measuring results.

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Tags: physician liaison, Physician Pathway, physician recruitment, healthcare, healthcare data, physician liaision, healthcare analytics partner, healthcare physician strategy, physician outreach strategy, healthcare market data, physician patterns

CMS to Make Medicare Advantage Data Available

Posted by Dave Sellers on May 9, 2018 8:49:45 AM

Stratasan’s Physician Patterns to Offer Expanded Physician Referral Insights

By Dave Sellers and Jason Haley

As you may have heard, CMS Administrator Seema Verma announced that The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is making Medicare Advantage encounter data, which covers provider identifiers, diagnoses and date and type of service, available for the first time to researchers.

This new effort is part of the CMS and White House patient data collaboration, known as MyHealtheData. CMS also plans to encourage Medicare Advantage programs to use release platforms that meet the capabilities of CMS' Blue Button 2.0 feature, which allows patients to access their own claims data. A patient-centered system requires focus on "data, quality data, cost data, a patient's own data," Vema shared.

How does this update affect Stratasan customers, and particularly, those in Medicare-only states: Alabama, Arkansas, South Dakota, Idaho, and Hawaii?

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Tags: physician referral, data analysis, data analytics, healthcare data, medicare, healthcare market data, healthcare data analytics, physician patterns

Quiz: How Strong is your Data QA Process?

Posted by Haley Attridge on Dec 12, 2017 9:07:00 PM

How frequently do you QA your data? Do you check for discrepancies in your data? Do you have a standardized method for identifying outliers in your data?

The value of data-driven decision making may already be apparent to your team. Or, maybe you've never recognized how Data QA can improve your growth planning process. Either way, this quiz will provide valuable insight as to how well your team is doing. 

Take this short quiz and receive:

  • Immediate feedback as to how good your team is with Data QA
  • Tips and best practices for improving your Data QA process
  • Insights about the value of data-driven decision making
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Tags: data, data processing, healthcare data, data qa

Mapping Software: Find the Right Fit for Your Team

Posted by Jason Haley on Nov 6, 2017 9:09:16 PM

The Pros and Cons of 5 Software Solutions

By Jason Haley

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Tags: data analysis, healthcare data, healthcare mapping, Mapping, maps, healthcare data analytics

Best Practices: Measuring Physician Relations Success

Posted by Jackie DeGroat on Oct 24, 2017 3:01:22 PM

Why the Right Referral Software is Necessary to Ensure Goals Are Being Met

By Jackie DeGroat and Sean Conway

Hospitals depend heavily on their referring physicians for patient volume and revenue, which is why developing and maintaining relationships with these physicians is so important. Physician Liaisons are the face, voice, eyes, and ears of this demanding effort. Physicians have a lot of options for referrals and this competition puts even more pressure on physician relations teams to effectively manage provider relationships.

Physician relations teams are responsible for strengthening relationships between physicians and their hospital or health system, with the goal of driving more referrals in-network. There are many components that make up a quality physician relations program, such as a strategic sales plan, effective encounters, and meaningful conversations. But to ensure program goals are being met, physician relations teams must track and measure their initiatives so they can successfully identify opportunities for improvement.

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Tags: Physician Pathway, physician referral, physician relations, strategic growth, healthcare data, healthcare marketing, healthcare strategic growth, healthcare strategic planning, marketing, healthcare physician strategy, healthcare data analytics

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

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