Considering Supply Optimization in Healthcare is Important

What is supply optimization and why is it important to healthcare? If we are to consider supply optimization as the application of processes and tools to ensure the optimal use of said supply, in terms of healthcare, this means offering our patients the most optimal care we can in the most affordable and accessible way. We continue to… Read More »

Why is Administrative Burden So Great?

As discussed in my post last week, How do we Reduce Healthcare Spending Waste to Improve the Value of Care? I mentioned administrative complexity as a broad category for reducing waste in healthcare. However, before we can implement improvement, we must understand why this category exists. Since the focus is currently on the failure of care delivery, factors… Read More »

How do we Reduce Healthcare Spending Waste to Improve the Value of Care?

In today’s healthcare climate, creating more affordable healthcare services and reducing wasteful spending is the utmost priority. Wastefulness accounts for dollars that are not going towards care, meaning they are affecting the unit price of a service without offering a benefit. According to present conversations surrounding healthcare, the nation’s level of waste is 30% of the overall health… Read More »

The Challenges with the “Not-Invented-Here Syndrome” in Healthcare

As we continue to enhance our care models and desire to deliver on value-based care, exactly how we embrace external disciplines in our pursuit of success is crucial. Often called the “Not-Invented-Here Syndrome,” (NIHS) is a situation where a profession only looks for solutions within the context of their own area of expertise. This condition plagues medicine, limits… Read More »

Practicing Evidence-Based Medicine

As we focus on delivering value, and decreasing waste, clinical appropriateness needs to be considered on a daily basis. Unfortunately, much variation is due to the lack of health care providers following evidence-based guidelines. There are various reasons this occurs, including a lack of consensus between medical societies, ease of disseminating new information when it is published, as… Read More »

Self-regulation Should Be a Part of Professionalism

A profession is defined as an occupation founded upon specialized educational training, the purpose of which is to supply disinterested, objective counsel and service to others for direct and definite compensation. The two key components of this very “matter of fact” definition are specialized educational training and offering a service to others for payment. Unquestionably, those that provide… Read More »

How Can We Make “Good” Choices Easier?

Changing behaviors is seldom easy. Behavioral economics and habits play a crucial role in our response, and undoubtedly, we do not fully appreciate the complexity of these issues when providing care. Often, we believe that if we merely educate an individual on what they should be doing to improve their health or incentivize them to do the “right… Read More »

Why is Screening for Social Determinants Difficult?

In the present age of healthcare, we understand that social determinants play a critical role in health and wellness, as well as influencing our ability to treat illnesses. Those who identify with issues such as food insecurity, intimate partner violence, availability or quality of housing, and the ability to pay for necessities such as utilities like heat and… Read More »

How Can Technology Impact the Ever-Changing Specialty Consultation?

Historically, a specialty consult occurred when a physician desired input and would request a specialist examine the patient either in the hospital or as a referral in the outpatient setting. Frequently, as a primary care physician, I would ask a specialist to opine on a particular patient’s situation or diagnosis. Invariably, this request would generate a discussion regarding… Read More »

How Does AI Impact Trust Between Patients and Physicians?

As we continuously increase our utilization of technology and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in our day-to-day healthcare delivery, understanding how this impacts trust between physician and patient is a vital consideration. Historically, the relationship between a physician and their patient held the highest degree of intimacy, privacy, and assurance. Knowing this, it is right to consider; how does one… Read More »