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How Children's Hospitals Can Maximize Partnership Value New demands in the healthcare delivery and payment landscape are prompting many children's hospitals to reexamine their care delivery networks. Children's hospitals that enhance their networks through closely aligned physician relationships and select institutional partnerships can realize significant strategic, economic and clinical benefits and accelerate the achievement of their longer-term goals. 

In this paper, we describe several pressures facing children's hospitals and corresponding strategic imperatives that place increased emphasis on the importance of building a broader delivery network. We then explain how a comprehensive network strategy can effectively position children's hospitals to navigate the changes ahead and enhance the health of the children in the communities they serve. 

Innovating for Value: Leader Insights In this time of regulatory uncertainty, leading healthcare providers are continuing to transform their organizations and pursue value-based payment models because they believe healthcare is too expensive. These providers are disrupting themselves by creating new care and operating models to meet the tenets of affordability and accessibility.

This paper shares real-life lessons and insights from leaders across nearly 20 such organizations pursuing value-based care.

Moving Toward a Revenue Ecosystem Decades of healthcare financing evolution have created a complex and highly technical domain within every healthcare organization. 

Solving the IT Investment Paradox There is a constant debate between health system leadership about how much to invest in IT. On one side, there is concern about the organization’s ability to maintain or increase investments in light of tight margins and increased margin pressure. Alternatively, others believe that lowering the investments will negatively impact the value delivered by IT and reduce its ability to enable the organization’s strategy.

The reality is both groups are right and the answer is to address both perspectives by delivering maximum strategic value through IT while meeting cost constraints.

Are Your Physicians Aligned? An Assessment Tool for Healthcare Leaders Success in today’s uncertain healthcare environment requires engaging physicians as fully committed “owner-operators” of the clinical enterprise – leaders aligned with system strategy and operational goals, and accountable for achieving results. Physicians must be positioned to take the lead in innovating and transforming the delivery of care to create sustainable value, improve outcomes and reduce costs. But what does true physician alignment look like? How can health systems and medical groups build physician commitment, while addressing concerns around physician professional satisfaction, engagement scores, turnover or “burn-out”?

In this whitepaper, we answer those questions and offer frameworks outlining key characteristics of high-functioning alignment between health systems and their physician colleagues and provide a useful starting point for evaluating current physician alignment.

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Oncology Planning Case Study

Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute

In 2012, Dr. Gerold Bepler, CEO of the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute (Karmanos), began a search for a strategic partner for the NCI-designated cancer center. Dr. Bepler recognized the traditional fee for service reimbursement landscape was passing away and that positioning Karmanos for success would require thinking creatively about strategic partnerships, organizational efficiencies and mechanisms to
reach a much larger clinical population.

As part of this exploration, Oncology Solutions was engaged to facilitate joint strategic discussions between Karmanos and McLaren Health Care. Oncology Solutions provided intensive analytic support and facilitated a series of joint planning discussions to address each parties’ goals – both shared and divergent – to arrive at a model that could preserve their triple mission of clinical care, research and education.

Improving the Value of Research Investments

Case Study - Emory University

Academic health centers (AHCs) are working to overturn one of the final stones in improving efficiency and advancing care management performance – how funds are used for academic operating costs and strategic investments. But, in an era where hospital CFOs are examining costs on a granular level, executives are questioning how their financial support for research is actually being spent and whether those dollars are effectively invested to maximize benefit to the organization. Emory University School of Medicine has taken the next step in tackling these questions and designing a new model to optimize resources invested in the research mission.

The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute is one of only 49 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive centers in the United States.

In The News

  • Chartis Acquires Oncology Solutions
  • Chartis 2018 Best in KLAS Financial Improvement Consulting, Top 3 HCM Firm, Top 10 HIT
  • CCRH Announces 2018 Top 100 Critical Access, Rural and Community Hospitals
  • CCRH Releases Updated Modeling on Stability of Rural Safety Net
  • Brian Thygesen discusses the Loss of Medicaid Funds for Children's Hospitals
  • Cindy Lee discusses Advocate Health Care's Move Toward Increased Outpatient Access

Firm extends its service offerings to deliver comprehensive spectrum of world class cancer advisory and analytic capabilities to the healthcare industry

The Chartis Group, a leading provider of advisory and analytics services to the healthcare industry, has acquired Oncology Solutions, a consultancy nationally recognized for its significant contributions to the advancement of cancer care delivery.

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The Chartis Group Earns High Marks in 2018 Best in KLAS: Software & Services Report

Firm Ranked Best in KLAS for Financial Improvement Consulting, Top Three Overall Healthcare Management Consulting Firms and for the 9th Year, Rated Among the Top 10 for HIT Advisory Services Firms

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The Chartis Center for Rural Health Unveils 2018 Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals and Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals

Today, The Chartis Center for Rural Health announced the 2018 Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals and Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals. The announcement was held at the National Rural Health Association’s (NRHA) annual Rural Health Policy Institute conference.

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The Chartis Center for Rural Health Releases Updated Modeling on Stability of Rural Health Safety Net

The Chartis Center for Rural Health will present new findings on the downward trajectory of rural hospital operating margins to advocates and members of Congress during the National Rural Health Association’s Rural Health Policy Institute conference in Washington.

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Hospitals, Doctors Brace For Loss Of Children's Health Funds

Providers of medical care are once again bracing for the loss of federal funding under the Children’s Health Insurance Program with the Republican-led Congress still unable to come up with a plan to fund it beyond March of this year.

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Why one hospital system is cutting while bulking up

Advocate Health Care, the largest hospital network in Illinois, has invested about $700 million in the last five years on an outpatient binge. That includes nearly a dozen clinics set to open through 2018.

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