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The Case For Greater Consumer Centricity In Hospital Star Ratings

Today’s healthcare consumers are looking for a better, more customer-centric experience. Regardless of whether CMS ultimately decides to make changes to its star ratings system, consumers will benefit from a better understanding of the methodologies behind ratings systems like this one, and how they may be contrary to consumers’ preconceived expectations of star ratings. As the healthcare industry overall moves toward a more consumerist model, improving the patient experience will continue to be the focus of healthcare organizations everywhere... June 26, 2019

Executive Q&A with Dennis W. Pullin, President and CEO at Virtua Health System

Virtua Health’s mission is to help people “be well, get well, stay well.” As Dennis W. Pullin, FACHE, the organization’s president and CEO, states, “You can’t follow through with that mission without treating the whole patient first.” Following that logic, Virtua has implemented programs that extend far beyond traditional health care. Examples include a hair salon for cancer patients and a mobile farmers market to address food insecurity. We interviewed Pullin about his guiding principles and how he is... June 24, 2019

Physician Transparency: An Urgent Priority for Today’s Boards

To gauge the importance of patient experience transparency in healthcare, consider how consumers approach buying decisions. Most wouldn’t dream of making any large purchase before they consulted online ratings and reviews. In many cases, the absence of word-of-mouth from their fellow consumers is an immediate mark of suspicion. No reviews means no trust, which ultimately means no transaction. Such is the hold that transparency has on the economy.Healthcare decisions are no exception. June 14, 2019