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The Annual Strategic Plan is Dead

Posted by Jason Moore on Apr 23, 2019 9:32:53 PM

See Better Results with A Year-Round Planning Process

By Jason Moore

Hospitals have traditionally created an annual strategic plan as a roadmap for achieving growth goals. While well-intentioned and inspiring, this form of planning often fails to produce meaningful results, leading many to question its value. Why repeat a process that doesn’t produce strong results?

Additionally, this routine is greatly driven by annual data reporting—a factor that is changing due to increased adoption of the more frequently updated all-payer claims data (APCD). Stratasan’s APCD updates monthly, for example, allowing for more frequent market reporting that can lead to plan adjustments.

There is also reason to believe that plans will be more widely adopted when more members of the organization are invested in the process. This can be a difficult change in mindset for organizations accustomed to planning that takes place only at the c-suite level.

How can hospitals shift to take advantage of more readily available data insights, ensure greater adoption, and see system growth? The answer is an iterative planning process that invites organization-wide input and applies data-backed market insights.

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Tags: strategic growth, strategic growth planning, strategic plan, strategic planners, strategic planning, hospital strategic growth, strategic growth plan, Hospital growth plan, hospital growth

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

3 Things Healthcare Strategic Planners Need to STOP Doing, ASAP!

Posted by Lee Ann Lambdin on Oct 31, 2017 3:27:38 PM

By Lee Ann Lambdin

As a healthcare strategic planner, your time is both limited and valuable. Planning departments are shrinking with the evolution of decision support departments. Strategic planners and marketers alike are facing a new reality that requires them to do more with less. Many who have planning and strategy in their title are responsible for marketing as well. This is due to one of two things:

  • Either there was never a planning position at all or strategy has increasingly become a more important function for the hospital or health system so this job was given to the department that made the most sense: marketing.
  • Or, the planning position was eliminated over time and the function was consolidated with the marketing function. This is often the case in small systems and independent hospitals, where one person is faced with juggling multiple roles.
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Tags: strategic planners, data analysis, growth planning, healthcare planning, healthcare strategic planning, Hospital growth plan

Growth Planning: Track Progress and Measure Success

Posted by Hank Neuhoff on Aug 2, 2017 12:24:03 PM

By Hank Neuhoff

When you’ve invested significant time, capital, and resources in your organization’s growth and expansion, you want to ensure that your efforts are paying off.

You’ve walked through all the right steps for strategic growth planning: you conducted a business and operational analysis, developed a strategic plan, and your team has been executing against it. This planning process can be daunting for any team to manage, but especially so if you are a smaller hospital or one of the many hospital systems trying to maintain a growth mindset in the face of downsizing.

You have now arrived at step 8 of a successful strategic growth process: reviewing your plan’s execution to measure progress. The purpose of this review is to make sure your hard work is paying off and your goals are being achieved.

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

Overcoming Consolidation Challenges for Healthcare Marketing and Strategic Planning

Posted by Lee Ann Lambdin on Jun 6, 2017 8:15:00 AM

Maintain a Growth Mindset in the Face of Tightening Margins and Shrinking Departments

By Lee Ann Lambdin

As healthcare margins continue to tighten and consolidation remains a reality for many small hospitals, numerous marketing professionals are feeling the need to validate their impact by developing marketing strategies based on reliable, data-based intelligence. The pressure is on to stretch marketing dollars as far as possible, and it’s important for marketing outreach to be focused and data-based

Marketers and strategic planners alike are facing a new reality that requires them to do more with less. Many who have marketing in their title are also responsible for planning and strategy as well, and it’s apparent that this phenomenon is due to one of two things:

  • Either there was never a planning position or strategy has increasingly become a more important function for the hospital or health system so this job was given to the department that made the most sense: marketing.
  • Or, the planning position was eliminated over time and the function was consolidated with the marketing function.
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Tags: strategic growth, strategic growth planning, strategic plan, strategic planners, health strategist, healthcare planning, healthcare strategic growth, healthcare strategic planning, hospital strategic growth, hospital strategic planning, healthcare analytics partner, healthcare growth, strategic growth plan

Success Story: Switching to an Outside Partner When Your In-House Multi-State Data Process is Failing You

Posted by Drake Jarman on Jun 2, 2017 10:12:46 AM

By Drake Jarman

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Tags: strategic growth, strategic growth planning, strategic planners, strategic planning, data processing, healthcare, healthcare strategic growth, analytics partner, healthcare data analytics

6 Ways to Create More Effective Presentations

Posted by Lee Ann Lambdin on May 10, 2017 7:46:08 AM

By Lee Ann Lambdin and Forrest Rich

How to present more insightful and strategic data-based findings.

When given the opportunity to present market insights, pitch new marketing ideas, or showcase progress updates regarding your growth-related projects, are you delivering presentations that tell the most compelling story possible? Or do you often find that your presentations fall flat and fail to achieve your intended outcome?

Equipped with the right method for creating impactful presentations, your meetings can effetively and clearly present the right information and achieve your desired results. If your presentations are not clear, easy to interpret, and readily facilitating productive conversations, then this white paper is for you.

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

5 Key Considerations for Hospital Service Area Growth

Posted by Morgan Atkins on Apr 4, 2017 10:04:54 AM

By Morgan Atkins

The pressure to compete and expand market share is at an all-time high.

Providers in many markets are feeling the impact of reduced patient payments, competitor maneuvers, and new market entrants. When trying to determine the best expansion opportunities, hospitals and health systems often develop growth plans based upon instinct, local knowledge, or raw market data.

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

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

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

Posted by Lee Ann Lambdin on Feb 14, 2017 1:33:49 PM
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. 

 

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