Value-based Purchasing – The KSB Way by Chief Nursing Officer Linda Clemen

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What is value-added care (besides one of the healthcare industry’s biggest buzzwords) and what does it mean for KSB? Here’s a little background:. With the passage of the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a., Obamacare), healthcare system in the United States is moving from volume-based (the number of patients hospitals see) to value-based (outcomes based on quality care, health management, processes, and the patient experience). This shift puts the expectation on hospitals and clinics to not only provide these initiatives, but do so at a lower cost. The transformation from fee-for-service medicine to value-based care, in which quality metrics are tracked, is … Read More

My (Long) Commitment to KSB Hospital

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My first experience in a hospital setting was in Morris, Illinois in 1983 as a summer intern at Morris Hospital.  My goal was add to my academic work as a health education major at Eastern Illinois University in that hospital’s Physical Therapy Department. What I ended up doing for the summer was cleaning whirlpools. What I learned was that I loved the hospital environment and wanted to be a part of it. Fast forward to 1989 and my first position at KSB Hospital.  I was hired to be the Supervisor of Medical Imaging. It didn’t take me long to get … Read More

Physician Alignment

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This week I participated in the IHA Leadership Summit, along with members of the KSB Board and administration and leaders from hospitals across Illinois. As a part of the Summit, I was part of a panel discussion on Hospital-Physician Alignment. What does that mean? Basically, it’s an ongoing effort to ensure that the hospital organization and physicians have open communication, understand each others’ perspectives, share common goals, and work together to achieve those goals. It means that it’s not Hospital vs. Physicians, it’s a joint Hospital-Physician team. What do you think Hospital-Physician Alignment looks like in your department? From left … Read More

Live from #2014SRMeeting

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Each year, leaders from small & rural hospitals gather in Springfield to discuss important topics in healthcare. We hear about quality initiatives, regulatory changes, patient experience successes, and legislative updates that directly impact our ability to serve our patients. This year, I’m live tweeting a collection of thoughts and useful links from the presentations. If you’re interested in what lies ahead for small & rural hospitals like KSB, follow along: Tweets by @dlschreiner !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?’http’:’https’;if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src=p+”://”;fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,”script”,”twitter-wjs”);

The State (and state) of Illinois Hospitals

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I had the opportunity last week to participate in an Illinois Hospital Association task force. I want to share with you some interesting statistics shared at this meeting. There are approximately 200 hospitals in Illinois Hospitals are among the top three employers in 48 / 102 counties Hospitals care for 1.6 million inpatients each year 5.1 million patients visit Illinois emergency departments each year Over $1.5 billion in uncompensated care is provided by Illinois hospitals each year KSB closely represents these statistics. Be proud of what you do. Our community needs us to be there during the most crucial times … Read More