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Believe These 5 Myths about Facility Condition Assessments at Your Peril

engineering

March 11, 2016  |  Minta Ferguson and Andrea Thompson

There is a lot of misinformation swirling around about how hospitals can benefit from Facility Condition Assessments (FCAs.) Do you know what is true and what is not? Here are some of the most common misconceptions. MYTH #1 – An FCA only evaluates  Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, and Fire Protection systems Many hospital administrators assume that Facility… | Read More

Was Your New ED Designed to Fit the Way You Work?

computer simulation modeling

October 19, 2015  |  Delia Caldwell

Maybe you have a new emergency department (ED) under construction, or work in a newly built ED. But what if it wasn’t designed in conjunction with your specific operational processes? Either way, you will be challenged to work within the confines of the new space and meet the increased expectations that accompany it. Just because… | Read More

How to Prevent Reimbursement Denials Before They Occur

preventable denials

September 30, 2015  |  Dianne Foster

Overlooked reimbursement denials can put 1-3% (or more) of net hospital revenue at risk. In a billion dollar revenue health system, avoidable denials run $8-25 million per year. Clinical denials constitute one-third of this amount. Studies show that some health insurers reject 20% of medical claims. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid estimate a 100-200%… | Read More

What’s the Least Expensive Way to Solve Chiller Issues?

hospital chilled water system

September 27, 2015  |  Kevin Barbee and Allen Smith

Most hospital facilities we work with have chilled water system issues. These issues tend to manifest as hot offices, unstable OR temperatures, or concerns of critical equipment failure. Many hospitals think the solution is to “add another chiller.”  In contrast, we have found it less expensive to identify and resolve system issues than to simply… | Read More

Temperature Complaints? One Way Facility Directors Can Resolve

repair vs. replace hospital equipment

September 17, 2015  |  Kevin Barbee

Many hospital facilities receive a plethora of “too hot/too cold” complaints from staff. Maintenance personnel may have no choice but to apply band-aid solutions to rapidly address user dissatisfaction. But by not addressing the root cause at a systemic level, complaints will ultimately escalate. At that point, a common knee-jerk reaction is to replace a… | Read More