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November 21, 2013 – With stroke call coverage still a challenge for many hospitals, this webinar presented research findings from over 200 hospitals and explored call coverage arrangements for neurology, neuroendovascular specialists, cerebrovascular neurosurgery and emerging telestroke arrangements. NeuStrategy discussed how stroke call arrangements have evolved from 2009 to 2013, including:
- Specialty-specific stroke call coverage patterns and pay ranges
- Hospital-employed resources to support on-call physicians
- Telestroke access to stroke specialists
Access the recorded webinar, executive summary report and the full webinar slide deck.
June 2013 – Debbie Lombardi Hill, NeuStrategy Partner, presented 2012 Stroke Specialist Call Survey findings at the InfoSource Comprehensive Stroke Centers Summit in Chicago on June 6, 2013. The 2012 survey results compare findings to a 2009 survey. For example, in 2012 more neurologists were covering call and 20% more hospitals were paying neurologists for call coverage compared to 2009.
For a copy of the research findings, click here.
June 2013 – More than 70 percent of all newly diagnosed cancer patients are treated in the more than 1,500 American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC) accredited cancer programs nationwide. The new CoC standards, first released in 2011 and phased in by 2015, call for integration of additional layers of support, palliative care, genetic counseling, distress screening, survivorship plans, etc.; however, many cancer programs wonder if they can absorb the cost of implementing the new standards to maintain their CoC accreditation.
Some centers have allowed their accreditation status to lapse; others are taking very different approaches to meet the standards. Learn how three sizeable cancer programs adapted to the new standards in a report authored by Moira Feingold. Learn More
March 2013 – The Acute Stroke System for Emergent Regional Telestroke (ASSERT) study utilized Ochsner Medical Center’s ASSERT network to illustrate the return on investment for hub and spoke hospitals participating in one telestroke system by correlating the growth and financial impact of stroke services with the delivery of stroke interventions and alteration of transfer patterns.
The study shows the hub hospital experienced an increase in profitable advanced stroke interventions offsetting telestroke investments over time. The hub also demonstrated effective triage of stroke patients in surrounding areas, reducing unnecessary transfers and inpatient bed capacity constraints. The spoke hospitals in Ochsner’s telestroke network experienced new, incremental revenue (attributed to fewer transfers) to offset telestroke cost and afforded patients expert stroke care close to home. View the Poster
March 2013 – The behavioral health landscape is evolving. New, innovative behavioral healthcare models are essential for any organization engaged in clinical integration, accountable care and/or the implementation of patient-centered medical homes. Successfully executed, these new models will increase access to vital community-based services, reduce the reliance on high-cost emergency rooms and position providers for reimbursement models designed to share risk and promote better health outcomes.
Read more in NeuStrategy’s Behavioral Health Integration, Its Time Has Come - a white paper authored by Randy Autry who leads NeuStrategy’s team that is helping healthcare providers create the collaborative network of services necessary to integrate behavioral health services into a comprehensive care continuum. Learn More
March 2013 – NeuStrategy provides hospitals and industry with the tools they need to achieve success. Armed with a keen understanding of the nuances of certification, the NeuStrategy team can help hospitals plan for stroke center certification through comprehensive readiness assessments and mock surveys - both integral steps in preparing interdisciplinary teams for the rigor of the real certification process. Learn More
September 2012 – The days of healthcare administrators not giving mental health services the attention they need are waning, and a new behavioral health landscape is emerging. Progressive healthcare providers are embracing innovative structures that integrate behavioral health into a care continuum that allows them to accept financial risk and share in savings associated with better care management. The push to participate in these new reimbursement models is forging new partnerships between health systems, primary care, and community-based mental health treatment providers.
NeuStrategy has expanded its services to guide the development of a roadmap for behavioral health integration. Randy Autry, who helps healthcare provider networks create structured partnerships that prepare them for an evolving risk-based reimbursement paradigm, is leading the NeuStrategy team. Learn More
May 2012 – NeuStrategy is fielding its second nationwide survey to explore stroke call specialist coverage arrangements. The current research builds on the 2009 survey results to develop neurology coverage trends. It has also been expanded to explore endovascular and neurosurgery call arrangements, as well as probing telestroke's impact on access to stroke specialists. The survey will be open May 10, 2012. Learn More
May 2012 – In 2007, NeuStrategy introduced its first in-depth study of stroke centers of excellence in The State of Stroke, Organizing for Success. Since then, NeuStrategy has expanded clinical program development services to support both Primary and Comprehensive Stroke Center certification. NeuStrategy's team assesses readiness and identifies critical gaps, then conducts an on-site mock survey to prepare interdisciplinary teams for The Joint Commission, DNV, HFAP or a state certifying organization survey. Learn More
July 2009 – NeuStrategy, Inc. and SpineMark Corporation announce the results of the nation's first-ever Spine Center of Excellence (COE®) Survey, a powerful new benchmarking tool to help define best practices in spine care. Learn More
March 2008 – NeuStrategy, Inc. and SpineMark Corporation have joined forces to conduct the nation's first comprehensive survey of medical and surgical spine programs. The results will provide an accounting of spine centers across the nation and uncover spine care program trends. Learn More
June 2007 – Theodore Michalke, managing partner and co-founder, has announced the formation of NeuStrategy, Inc., a Chicago-based healthcare consulting practice focused on neuroscience, oncology and orthopedic center of excellence development.