ACHE Corporate Partner E-Newsletter

Welcome to the ACHE Corporate Partner E-Newsletter. This quarterly publication was designed to share information about complimentary education opportunities being offered by ACHE's 2012 Premier Corporate Partners.

ACHE would like to thank our Premier Corporate Partners for their support of ACHE programs and activities. In addition, ACHE expresses gratitude to its Corporate Partners for making ACHE members aware of these diverse educational opportunities.

Please note that reference to any specific commercial products, processes or services by a Premier Corporate Partner in this newsletter and featured educational content does not constitute or imply an approval, endorsement, recommendation or referral by ACHE. In addition, the views and opinions expressed in the featured educational content do not necessarily state or reflect those of ACHE.

Corporate Partners in This Issue
3M Health Information Systems Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc. Cardinal Health
CareFusion Conifer Health Solutions Objective Health, a McKinsey Solution for Healthcare Providers
Philips Healthcare Siemens Healthcare Trane

3M Health Information Systems


Sign up now to attend 3M/CodeRyte’s free one hour webinar on July 25 in which members of 3M/CodeRyte’s team of Natural Language Processing experts will share their initial results from ICD-10-CM diagnosis coding with computer-assisted coding. This webinar will examine the issues involved in adapting an existing CAC system for ICD-9 coding to ICD-10, including the impact of differences between the two systems and the level of accuracy that can realistically be expected (given disagreement among trained human coders as to the correct codes). The webinar will compare results from a baseline ICD-10 CAC system—based solely upon GEMs mappings from the output of an ICD-9 system—with results from a current ICD-10 system, incorporating a layer of heuristics for detecting language in notes to correctly select the more specific ICD-10 codes. Click here to register.

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Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc.


Every leader seeks to create and maintain a high-performance organization, where results are routinely achieved and people are devoted to the mission. To this end, the Malcolm Baldrige Award was created as an adaptable process that can help transform and elevate organizations to become exceptional. Join us to learn more about the Baldrige Award and how it has helped so many become high-output, high-outcomes organizations and cultures in our executive webinar recording, Baldrige Performance Excellence Program: Utilizing Baldrige Methodology to Guide Organizations Toward Performance Excellence.

Click here to access this free one hour webcast.

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Cardinal Health


Earn free continuing education credits under several accrediting bodies, including ACCME, and view virtual vendor booths from the comfort of your own office by attending the third annual Clinical Diagnostics Bio Conference at Don’t miss this Cardinal Health-sponsored lecture, which will address the importance of quickly diagnosing MSSA and MRSA presented by Dr. Daniel Perlman, MD, infectious disease specialist, Principal Health Perls LTD. During this Keynote Session, Dr. Perlman will offer information regarding the latest advancements in MRSA/MSSA bacterimia diagnostic and its contribution to better clinical decisions.

This online-only conference covers advancements in clinical diagnostics and medicine, and will include discussion on relevant topics such as laboratory testing, point of care, infectious diseases and more. Registration and CE credits are FREE, no travel costs are incurred and the conference remains online until September 2012.

Cardinal Health also provides other internet-based continuing education opportunities, such as a self-study course on the use of gloves as a key strategy for reducing the risk of exposure incidents. The wearing of two or more layers of surgical gloves during surgical procedures—commonly known as double-gloving—is essential protection and a recommended safety practice against needle sticks and sharps injuries. To learn more, click the Double-Gloving CE link.

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Join Dr. David Bates, CQO at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, on October 5 for a one hour webinar from CareFusion’s Executive Insights program on the future of meaningful use and its implications for U.S. health systems. Learn about the available Stage 1 data, the Stage 2 final rules and the status of the Stage 3 hearings. Click here to register for the webinar and to learn more about Executive Insights from CareFusion.

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Conifer Health Solutions


Memorial University Medical Center president and CEO Maggie Gill provides a profile in organizational transformation that redefined the Georgia safety-net hospital’s revenue cycle while maintaining its focus on its clinical mission. In this Healthcare Executive interview, Maggie Gill shares the challenges of leading a 530-bed hospital through significant change and describes how she and the hospital’s leadership team re-established Memorial’s financial health.

Visit to download a PDF of the Healthcare Executive Memorial University Medical Center advertorial profile, “Funding the Mission by Fixing the Margin.”

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Objective Health, a McKinsey Solution for Healthcare Providers


Achieving positive Medicare margins has become shorthand for the financial viability of health systems and is now a common objective for many hospital leaders. There are many potential avenues to pursue in attaining this goal, but how can you ensure that your system does so most effectively? Where are the biggest opportunities to affect change? Which is your system’s greatest leverage point? Where are you underinvesting today? Explore the answers to these questions during the webinar “Critical Strategies for Achieving Positive Medicare Margins” on Wednesday, July 25 from 1 to 2 p.m. EDT with Eric Flyckt, MD, Director of Client Analytics. During this session, we will share new perspectives that hospitals can apply to better prioritize and focus their current margin improvement efforts. Visit to register.

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Philips Healthcare


Every day seems to bring news about more programs and projects related to health reform. These changes include activities under the Affordable Care Act of 2010, which set federal health reform in motion, but also among private payers, with their broad portfolio of health reform-related changes.

The Philips Healthcare “Reimbursement Simplified” website has added a new section on “US Health Reform Implementation” that may help. It identifies the most significant Medicare health reform activities now underway—from ACOs and bundled payments to health exchanges and essential health benefits—at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services and other agencies. The Philips site also highlights health reform efforts among private payers, who are actively implementing similar programs.

Visit Click “US Health Reform Implementation” in the middle of the page or in the left column. The site also provides information about reimbursement policies, rates and coverage in both the public and private sectors. You will also find announcements about upcoming webinars in our “Reimbursement Simplified” webinar series and “on-demand” archives of past sessions.

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Siemens Healthcare


Listen to three healthcare industry leaders, coming from three different vantage points, as they share their insights into healthcare reform and the impact it will have on reimbursement mechanisms for your healthcare organization in a 35 minute, on-demand webcast, “Meeting the Challenges of an Evolving Healthcare Landscape: A Conversation with Three Industry Thought Leaders.” This program can be watched in its entirety or by individual featured presenter. Watch now at

Featured presenters include:

  • Mike Davis, managing director, The Advisory Board. Join Mike as he reviews healthcare reform strategies such as value-based purchasing, the Medicare Shared Saving Program and bundled payments, and how these reimbursement mechanisms may impact your healthcare organization’s bottom line.
  • John Glaser, CEO, Health Services, Siemens Healthcare. John weighs in on the Advisory Board concerns and offers insights, both as a healthcare professional and as CEO, Health Services, Siemens Healthcare.
  • Daniel Rinaldi, vice president, Finance, and CFO, Ellis Medicine. Hear how Dan is using next-generation information technology to effectively and efficiently position Ellis Medicine for the future.

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During the past six months, Trane has conducted research with healthcare executives on their impressions of indoor air quality (IAQ) and its impact on their mission-critical goals, specifically patient, visitor and staff satisfaction and patient outcomes. The research has shown that 87 percent of executives believe IAQ plays a significant or extremely important role in creating their healthcare environment and delivering their mission.

While the importance of IAQ scored high with executives, their knowledge and comfort with their existing performance levels did not fare as well. Research showed 50 percent of surveyed executives only had a moderate level of knowledge of IAQ and their current performance.

Areas of concern regarding IAQ that were frequently mentioned by executives in the research included hot and cold calls, unpleasant odors and humidity control. In addition to these common complaints and concerns from patients, visitors and staff, airborne pathogens in fact may be the biggest concern regarding IAQ in healthcare facilities. A Center for Health Design study traced an outbreak of MRSA to a hospital ventilation system and additional research suggests that up to 33 percent of infections involve airborne transmission at some point.

With increasing transparency of hospital acquired infections (HAI) data and the future role of patient satisfaction results, Trane is using research such as this to help healthcare organizations better understand their current performance as it relates to IAQ and create plans to improve the lives of their patients, visitors and staff.

To learn more visit: or contact Laura Rygielski Preston, VP, Global Healthcare Practice at Ingersoll Rand at

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