February 23, 2017
Changemakers Shape Our Future
It's already that time of year again - when we ask our community to nominate an individual or an organization that has made a difference in the world of healthcare facility design for the Changemaker Award. Given annually by The Center for Health Design's Board of Directors at Healthcare Design Expo & Conference, this award honors individuals or organizations that have demonstrated exceptional ability to change the way healthcare facilities are designed and built, and whose work has a broad impact on the advancement of healthcare design. Past honorees read like a "Who's Who" in our community. To read more about the award, see who's won in the past and to submit a nomination before February 28, click here.
Included in this newsletter are some of our latest resources and tools, providing you with knowledge that's actionable, knowledge you can quickly incorporate into your projects, along with the latest industry news to see what others are doing.
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The resouces and tools we provide are meant to be shared - make sure to pass them along to your team and as always, let me know what tools and resources have been helpful to you in the past, and we'll feature them in our future newsletters.
Debra Levin, EDAC
President and CEO
Industry News Briefs
Pediatric Behavioral Health Facilities Balance Dignity, Safety
The case for more and better mental health care has never been louder as communities struggle with years of neglected services and overwhelmed emergency departments. With greater understanding of the links between behavioral health and physical health, the focus is sharper than ever on mental health services.
However, the picture of what behavioral health care looks like is unclear for most providers. By understanding the differences, organizations can pursue designs that communicate an appropriate welcoming message. The design strategy is one that is human-centered, finding a balance between dignity and safety. With a patient whose world is out of proportion, the idea is that the environment becomes part of the care regimen to help ground the patient back to reality.
Heath Facilities Management, more ...
Four Things Providers Can Address Now to Prepare for Changes under the New Administration
No one can predict the future of health care under a new administration or predict precisely when and how the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) successor will become the new law of the land. We don't know how stakeholders—including consumers—will be affected, or how far the regulatory changes will reach. In times like this, it's tempting to sit back and wait until the direction is clear.
But that could be a mistake. The industry should not become paralyzed in the face of uncertainty. Now is the time to focus on the things that are and will continue to be critically important. It's the time to focus on what I like to call the four “Cs” of health care: cost, customers, clinical quality, and consolidation. Regardless of what comes down from Washington, these fundamental elements will continue to be central and perhaps even more important to health care effectiveness and efficiency at the local, regional, and national levels.
Modern Healthcare, more . . .
Paying for Population Health
Trinity Health system executives take home heftier paychecks when they keep patients healthy and out of the hospital. The annual incentive pay for each executive, including the 93-hospital system's CEO, is docked if Trinity's total patient population doesn't show reduced rates of obesity, smoking, readmissions and hospital-acquired conditions. Hitting financial targets, on the other hand, receives little weight in the incentive plan.
Trinity's strategy is a sharp departure from the status quo of CEO pay packages where financial incentives have long dominated. But it is a surefire way to focus top leaders' attention on the health system's mission to deliver better outcomes and lower costs to patients in the 22 states where it operates. “It's important to make sure you align incentives with desired outcomes,” Trinity CEO Dr. Richard Gilfillan said.
Trinity's board of directors sets performance goals each year. Ten percent or more of each eligible executive's total pay is put at risk. Of that amount, 20% is tied to reducing hospital-acquired infections and decreasing readmissions; 20% to smoking and pediatric obesity rates; 20% to patient satisfaction; and 20% to workforce engagement. The Livonia, Mich.-based system's operating performance accounts for the final 20% of the at-risk pay.
Modern Healthcare, more...
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Urgent Care Centers: True Pioneers of Retail Healthcare Delivery
The nearly 7,100 urgent care centers operating in the U.S. see nearly 160 million patients a year, according to the latest estimate by the Urgent Care Association of America (UCAOA). To say the competition for these patients is fierce would be an understatement: Urgent care is about as close to retail as healthcare gets.
Building Design + Construction, more . . .
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