Analytics Walkabout

"The more energy you can provide on topics of Healthcare the better. 80s night, dine on us, and fun runs were so AWESOME! Hands down best conference I have ever been to! Thanks to all who put forth the effort to get it all done." - HAS 16 attendee

The Analytics Walkabout is back by popular demand for HAS 17. This years’ experience will consist of 24 new analytics-driven projects featured at individual stations.

Attendees will be able to talk to front-line leaders at each station twice during HAS 17. The first Analytics Walkabout session will be during the Tuesday evening registration dinner reception starting at 6:00 p.m. These Analytics Walkabout stations are intended to be 10-minute sessions where you can quickly learn about analytics-related projects across a wide variety of clinical, financial, technical, and leadership topics. Outcomes improvement often consists of a multitude of smaller, agile projects. We want to provide a wide variety of different projects, tailored for many different team member roles and types. Our intent is to provide something for everyone.

We’ll also have a sumptuous variety of dinner stations during the opening Analytics Walkabout reception.  This will allow you to eat, converse, learn, and network during a wonderful evening.

Analytics Walkabouts Sessions

Reducing Unwanted Variation Improves Outcomes and Decreases Costs

Hillary Hegener - Manager, Healthcare Delivery & Innovation, Kaiser Permanente

Hillary Hegener

Manager, Healthcare Delivery & Innovation, Kaiser Permanente

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Reducing unnecessary clinical variation improves quality and cost, but it can be challenging to achieve improvements without detailed information about where variation exists, and which areas offer the most opportunity for improvement.   Find out how analytics provided this system’s leadership with actionable insight, informing the development of strategic improvement efforts which made the most out of limited resources. Informed by analytics, this system strategically selected focus areas and multidisciplinary teams to develop and implement best-practice, evidence based protocols, and streamlined processes, which improved the quality of care while significantly reducing cost.

Easing the Burden of CPC Quality Metrics Reporting

Gladys Tom, MS - Senior Project IT Analyst, The Queen’s Health Systems

Gladys Tom, MS

Senior Project IT Analyst, The Queen’s Health Systems

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By 2018, it is expected that 90 percent of CMS payments will be tied to performance on quality metrics.  One of the biggest challenges thatquality reporting programs like MACRA, CPC, and CPC+ bring to healthcare organizations, and to physicians in particular, is the administrative burden associated with compiling quality metrics.  This session will demonstrate how a new CPC participant is dramatically easing that reporting burden, improving data quality, and supporting performance improvement by using an EDW and analytics.

Heart Failure Specialists Positively Impact Readmission Rates

Tammi Hudspeth, MSN - Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, Pulse Heart Institute

Tammi Hudspeth, MSN

Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, Pulse Heart Institute

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Rachael Warren, RN, BSN - Heart Failure Nurse Liaison, Pulse Heart Institute

Rachael Warren, RN, BSN

Heart Failure Nurse Liaison, Pulse Heart Institute

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Nationally, the total cost, (direct and indirect), for treating heart failure (HF) patients is estimated to increase from $31 billion in 2012 to $70 billion in 2030.  Facing this estimated 77% increase in cost, healthcare organizations must develop strategies to improve the efficiency of care for these patients.  Discover how this institute successfully used an analytics application, redesigned workflow, and implemented an early connection with a HF clinic or cardiologist, to improve outcomes, while decreasing readmissions and the cost of care for patients with HF.

Reducing Clinical Variation: Improving ED Care and Reducing Cost

Ray Pankuch - Director of Business Intelligence and Data Services, Health Quest

Ray Pankuch

Director of Business Intelligence and Data Services, Health Quest

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Clinical variation in US healthcare contributes an estimated $265 billion in wasteful spending.  Reducing unnecessary clinical variation has been shown to not only decrease cost, but also to improve clinical outcomes and the quality of care.  Learn how this organization used analytics to uncover opportunities and reduced variation in care in the complex and challenging ED environment, leading to improvements in operations, and reductions in LOS.

Transforming Care in Labor and Delivery

Thibodaux Regional Medical Center

Unnecessary variation in care for pregnant women in the U.S. has resulted in a C-section rate more than three times the World Health Organization recommended rate, as well as higher neonatal mortality rates in the U.S. than in other developed countries.  This labor and delivery team found and addressed unwanted variation in its cost of care for uncomplicated vaginal deliveries and cesarean deliveries. By establishing cost quality goals, redesigning workflow, standardizing supplies, and sharing provider-specific performance data they were able to achieve cost savings and reduce their C-section rate while maintaining 99th percentile patient satisfaction ranking.


Master Data Management System Solves Provider Matching Issues

Thomas Donia, RPh - Vice President, Corporate Medical Informatics, AmeriHealth Caritas
Swamy M. Kandan - Director, Enterprise Information Management, AmeriHealth Caritas

Accurate provider information is critical to payer’s day to day business operations, affecting provider directories, claims processing and reimbursement, and compliance.  Differences in operating systems among health systems, and continual changes in provider location and demographic data, may inadvertently result in provider transactions being linked inappropriately, negatively impacting payer operations.  This session will review how a master data management system, which took only three months to install, resolved data quality issues by linking the appropriate transactions across multiple data bases for over 500,000 providers.

More Efficient Closing Process Saves Time and Informs Decisions

David Zaccardi, MBA - Senior Director, Client Engagement, Health Catalyst
Bob Alexander - Director, Professional Services, Health Catalyst

There are necessary delays built into every financial closing process to ensure data accuracy and completeness. However, delays past the closing date are not a value-add, and impede the ability to use the financial data to inform organizational and department decisions that can affect the bottom line and efficient operations. Come hear how analytics are being used to shave five business days off this organization’s closing process by leveraging its EDW and integrated data sources.

Risk Stratification–Critical for Effective Care Management

Maryann Vienneau - Program Director, ICMP and Palliative Care, Partners HealthCare
Christine Vogeli, PhD - Director, Evaluation and Research, Center for Population Health, Partners HealthCare

Christine Vogeli, PhD

Director, Evaluation and Research, Center for Population Health, Partners HealthCare

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While being a key to successful population health management, care management is a costly endeavor requiring significant investments in infrastructure and expenditure of resources to achieve targeted clinical and financial outcomes. Patients risk needs to be understood in order to facilitate prioritized enrollment into care management programs. Discover how using analytics is being used to automate the risk stratification of patients, identifying those patients who would benefit the most from care management.

Reducing Variation in Post-Acute Care Through Data Transparency

Norman Ward, MD - Chief Medical Officer, OneCare Vermont
Leah Fullem - Director, Accountable Care Analytics, OneCare Vermont

Large and diverse provider networks of care often have unrecognized, inadvertent, and costly variations in care. Frequently, hospitals and independent practices lack access to data that would allow for comparison and an understanding of unnecessary variation between its post-acute care referral patterns to those of other providers, facilities, or geographical areas. Learn how an organization used MSSP claims data and analytics to analyze variation in total joint replacement at a network, region, facility, and individual physician level. Transparent sharing of information at these levels resulted in open dialogue and motivation to change practice, ensuring patients receive the best care in the most appropriate care setting.

Denials Management Effort Improves Revenue Recognition

Kristy Baker - Financial Analyst, MultiCare Health System
Lindsey Maris - Financial Analyst, MultiCare Health System

Information about the effectiveness of clinical documentation and the impact on coding and reimbursement is often siloed, and frequently resides in tools that are only accessible to those within financial management. This reduces the ability to effectively use performance information for improvement. Come and see a healthcare organization demonstrate how the use of analytics provided actionable information to service line leaders and clinicians, supporting them in denial management, and increasing their point of service collections.

Improving Outcomes for Elective Colon Surgery Patients

Jennifer Yahne - Director, Digestive Diseases and Urology Careline, MultiCare Health System

Nationally, readmission within 90 days after colorectal surgery occurs for about one in four patients and is associated with a cost of approximately $9,000 per readmission. Discover how this organization standardized the approach to elective colorectal surgery across its system, achieving and sustaining significant improvements for patients undergoing elective colon surgery, decreasing readmissions and LOS while dramatically decreasing the SSI rate.

Expanding Access to Emergency Care—Improving ED Throughput

Tonya Gambrell, MBA - Manager, Training and Quality Assurance, Mission Health
Amy Hughes - Training and Quality Assurance Analyst, Mission Health

The number of patients who leave the ED without being seen (LWBS) and arrival to time being seen by a qualified provider are markers of ED crowding and a signal that access-to-care issues may be prevalent. Learn as an ED shares the interventions they used to dramatically improve ED throughput, ensuring access to emergency care.

Decreasing Infection Rates Leads to Satisfied Patients

Tori Butler, RN, MSN - Nurse Manager, The University of Kansas Health System

Tori Butler, RN, MSN

Nurse Manager, The University of Kansas Health System

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Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are a major threat to patient safety. At the same time HAIs are largely preventable.
Learn how this system has successfully decreased its incidence of HAIs, improving both patient safety and patient satisfaction.

Raising Operating Room Efficiency—Improving On-Time OR Starts

Lila Martin, RN, MSN - Vice President, Perioperative Services, The University of Kansas Health System

Operating rooms (ORs) are one of the costliest areas of hospital operations and often generate the most revenue. On-time OR starts are a key metric that sets the stage for other OR efficiencies. This session will review how to maximize OR efficiencies by increasing the percentage of on time OR starts.

Sustaining Outcomes Improvement for Patients with Heart Failure

Dana Miller - The University of Kansas Health System
David M. Wild, MD - Vice President, Lean Promotion, The University of Kansas Health System
Chris Harper, MBAi, MPM - Director, Business Architecture and Analytics, The University of Kansas Health System

Over 25% of patients with heart failure (HF) are readmitted within 30 days, leading to sub-optimal patient outcomes and increased expense. While numerous organizations make initial improvements, many struggle to maintain hard-won gains in reduced readmissions and mortality for their patients with HF. Learn the keys that helped continue to drive and sustain improvements in reduced readmissions and mortality for patients with HF.

Effectively Managing Pain in the ED Without Opioids

Jason Eiband, MD - Chief of Emergency Medicine, The Permanente Medical Group

The misuse and abuse of opioids has reached epidemic proportions, and overdose from non-medical use of prescription opioids is a major public health concern. Thirty percent of patients who visit an ED receive an analgesic for pain, frequently an opioid. Discover how a program successfully implemented a multi-year strategy to effectively manage pain in the ED without using opioids, while maintaining a high level of patient satisfaction.

Integrating Disparate Data Sources Facilitates Improvement

Elizabeth Stedina, MBA - Director of Analytics, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

To be successful in managing their practice, providers and practice managers need ready access to quality metrics, improvement data, and productivity and financial information. Frequently, this information resides in different systems, requiring users to waste valuable time navigating multiple systems to obtain the information they need to be effective. Learn about an analytics application that integrates metrics from the disparate systems, supporting further service line development and strategic planning.

Improvement Advisor and Data Analyst Dyad Creates a QI Powerhouse

Vaidehi Nayar, MS, MPH - Lead Clinical Analyst, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Traditional data requests for quality improvement are often tedious, with misinterpreted requirements and repeated manual edits stemming from limited interaction between data analysts and subject matter experts. Discover how implementing an improvement advisor and data analyst dyad enables engaged, committed clinical teams, and translates clinical requirements into trusted analytics and actionable data.

Improving Value through Evidence-Based Platelet Prescribing

Caroline Burlingame, MPH - Clinical Data Analyst, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Every 30 seconds, someone in the US needs platelets. Platelets are an incredibly precious resource, often in short supply, and there is significant practice variation in how platelets are used. Gain insight into how to decrease unnecessary platelet utilization using multidisciplinary teams, analytics, and a robust improvement methodology.

Geospatial and Demographic Data Predicts Colorectal Cancer Rates

Eric Thrailkill - Chief Information Officer and Vice President, Information Technology, AmSurg

Across the nation, the incidence of colorectal cancer is increasing among young adults, yet no cause has been identified. In addition, there is little evidence available on screening rates and interval recall rates for traditional colon cancer screening initiatives.  Learn how demographic and geospatial data from a registry and an analytics application is being used to better understand factors that impact population health improvements involving colorectal cancer, enabling proactive communication with patients regarding their risk and the need for testing earlier than what current guidelines recommend.

Evidence-Based Practices and Analytics Combat the Opioid Epidemic

Kathleen Keller, MAN, RN, CNE - Project Management Coordinator, Quality, Allina Health
Anna Kleckner, PhD, MPH - Outcomes Improvement Consultant, Allina Health

Each day, 91 Americans die from an opioid overdose. Learn about an interdisciplinary approach to implement evidence-based pain management and prescribing guidelines, and how analytics were used to change provider prescribing patterns, reducing the number of opioid prescriptions for acute patients in the outpatient setting.

Enhanced Mental Health Transition Improves Care and Decreases Readmissions

Christina Schwartz, BA, MHP - Mental Health Navigator, Allina Health

Within 30-days of discharge, nine percent of patients with mood disorders are readmitted nationwide, and 15.7 percent of patients with schizophrenia are readmitted, placing undue strain on the limited supply of inpatient mental health beds, and adding to the stress experienced by mental health patients. Learn how an enhanced mental health transitions program, (redesigned inpatient workflow, greater community partnership, and a sustained relationship after discharge), has decreased unnecessary readmissions and is positively impacting high risk mental health patients.

Accurate Clinical Documentation Leads to Increased Revenue

Erin Holthusen, RN, CCDS - CDI Manager, Revenue Cycle Management, Allina Health

Hospitals leave millions of dollars of reimbursement on the table when clinical documentation is inadequate. Using a data-driven approach to clinical documentation improved the accuracy and specificity of clinical documentation, CC/MCC capture rates, and revenue capture, resulting in millions of dollars of additional reimbursement.

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What Attendees From Last Year Had to Say

I can’t imagine a better summit. My brain is buzzing with all these new tools, resources, case studies, and innovative ideas and softwares. I’ll be back next year, and if next year is as good as this year, you’ll definitely have made a follower for life out of me.

… This was the best conference in over 20 years that I have attended.

This is by far the best conference I have attended. It was well planned and coordinated. Great job to the team for putting this amazing event together.

Same place, same time next year!!  The best conference I’ve attended, fabulous job!

The more energy you can provide on topics of Healthcare the better. 80s night, dine on us, and fun runs were so AWESOME! Hands down best conference I have ever been to! Thanks to all who put forth the effort to get it all done.

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