In the News: February 16-22
Sg2 is dedicated to helping our clients interpret the latest news and trends in health care. Below you’ll find our analysis of this week’s key industry headlines, along with links to related Sg2 resources.
Pods: The Future of Cancer Treatment?
A Modern Healthcare article sheds light on Cleveland Clinic’s new approach to cancer treatment, as the clinic recently built a cancer hub bringing together all cancer services under one roof to both enhance patient experience and improve care quality. The 7-story facility is divided into cancer-specific “pods” that house side-by-side exam and treatment rooms, with direct access to medical teams of nurses, surgeons, and medical and radiation oncologists. This model allows patients to experience a “one-stop shop” for cancer treatment and enables medical providers to offer a multidisciplinary approach that enhances teamwork. The hub also has patient support services, a state-of-the-art Gamma Knife suite, and unique design features with natural light and art.
To learn more about different models for urgent cancer patient care, including staffing, structure and services offered, read the Sg2 FAQ: Outpatient Urgent Cancer Care.
Opioid Prescription Patterns Vary Within Emergency Departments
A New England Journal of Medicine study revealed that certain doctors are 3 times more likely to prescribe an opioid compared to other doctors in the same hospital. The variance may be attributed to lack of guidance and limited clinical evidence, but many physicians agree that opioids have long been overprescribed. The study also found that patients treated by high-prescribing physicians were more likely to become long-term opioid users.
These findings demonstrate the need for a more standardized provider approach to lessen opioid exposure and decrease the likelihood of addiction. Sg2 experts continue to answer questions on the nation’s opioid and heroin addiction epidemic. To learn more, check out these Sg2 Expert Insights:
- What the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act Means for Health Care Providers
- Drug-Addicted Newborns: Mitigating the Risk Imposed by a National Epidemic
Access to Cost Variation and Quality Information Drives Value
A Journal of the American Medical Association study reviewed the impact of partnering University of Utah Health Care physicians with process improvement experts and allowing them access to outcome, cost and cost variation information. Researchers found that the support and information helped improve quality and reduce costs for the 3 selected clinical projects (total joint replacement, testing among medical inpatients and sepsis management).
The health care industry is plagued by high costs and uneven quality rooted in inefficiencies across the care continuum. Sg2 has suggested increasingly progressive continuum-spanning approaches that include variance and cost reduction, unnecessary care reduction, clinical restructuring and system optimization. To learn more, read the Sg2 report: The Case for Well-Timed Care Redesign.