ACHE Corporate Partner E-Newsletter

Welcome to the first issue of 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. ARAMARK Healthcare
Conifer Health Solutions Johnson Controls Inc. Objective Health
Philips Healthcare Siemens Healthcare

3M Health Information Systems


Join 3M Health Information Systems at their new Innovation Center in Salt Lake City for a collaborative and complimentary learning experience about how converging technologies and healthcare reform can bring unprecedented change to our field.

The Innovation Center is a place where healthcare executives and industry leaders can discuss the future of healthcare and develop ways to work together to meet the challenges at hand. In addition to customizing meeting agendas to a visiting organization’s specific needs and concerns, the Innovation Center addresses topics such as:

  • Understanding the impact of ICD-10 implementation on specific organizations and departments
  • Measuring outcomes to accurately reflect performance
  • Finding a common language to link clinical and financial data
  • Reviewing and understanding upcoming regulatory reforms between now and 2015
  • Using intelligent automation for coding and documentation improvement

The 3M Health Information Systems Innovation Center has hosted a diverse range of visitors, including government officials, the American Medical Association, American Hospital Association, American Health Information Management Association, United States Army and many industry-leading health systems and providers.

For more information on visiting the 3M Health Information Systems Innovation Center, contact Innovation Center Manager Todd Wallenfelt at (801) 265-4332; call 3M at (800) 367-2447; or email

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Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc.


In a nearly 700-page document, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) announced its final rules for voluntary participation in the Accountable Care Organization (ACOs) Shared Savings program. Does your organization have the understanding needed to evaluate its participation in an ACO?

In addition to reducing healthcare costs, CMS's intent in creating ACOs is to improve healthcare quality by encouraging collaboration across settings and helping patients realize the benefits of care coordination. The new, final ACO rules create the potential for providers to earn bonuses if they prove they have positively affected the quality of care delivered to patients while simultaneously reducing Medicare's costs. The rule also requires providers to spend money preparing to participate. Furthermore, providers must meet specific timelines and perform well on almost three dozen quality measurements in order to reap the financial benefits of participation.

Watch the replay of an informational webinar that covers the following topics:

  • ACOs as part of the shift to value-driven healthcare
  • Recently announced final ACO rules
  • Timeline for ACO participation
  • Issues your organization should be considering now
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ARAMARK Healthcare


Hospitals that are committed to creating safe work environments have an opportunity to influence other core outcomes. In fact, a safe work environment is critical to employee engagement, morale and loyalty, which all impact patient and employee satisfaction. Research conducted by the Pennsylvania State University Department of Health Policy and Administration looked at the impact of workplace safety on ARAMARK Healthcare support service employees. The study followed environmental service and food service employees at hospitals across the country.

The findings of this work will be presented at ACHE’s annual Congress on Healthcare Leadership in a session titled, “Employee Safety’s Far-Reaching Impact (64X)”, Tuesday, March 20, from 4:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. The session will focus on how healthcare organizations can:

  • Develop key safety performance metrics, enhance employee safety and increase employee attitudes and perceptions regarding safety
  • Lower organizational costs associated with employee injury
  • Optimize key hospital quality objectives

For more information, please contact Anthony Stanowski at

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Conifer Health Solutions


With legislative reform on the horizon, healthcare leaders face an unparalleled opportunity to reposition and transform their organizations’ financial future. Yet this opportunity emerges amid turbulent economic conditions and greater regulatory scrutiny. As a result, healthcare leaders must develop new competencies, reexamine business models and forge strong alliances.

To discuss ways to meet the financial challenges of health reform, ACHE of North Texas convened a panel of healthcare executives to participate in a roundtable discussion, "Preparing for the Financial Challenges of Healthcare Reform." Sponsored by Conifer Health Solutions, the roundtable brought together leaders representing healthcare delivery, insurance and revenue cycle management, as well as ACHE President and CEO Thomas C. Dolan, PhD, FACHE, CAE.

Visit to download a PDF of the executive roundtable discussion, "Preparing for the Financial Challenges of Healthcare Reform."

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Johnson Controls, Inc.


Mike Warren, CEO of Children’s of Alabama, recently said, “Having been a utilities and energy company executive earlier in my career, I didn’t think it made sense for our hospital to have the responsibility of running a sophisticated utilities plant. Instead, why couldn’t we become a utilities customer rather than a utilities provider?” Warren identified an issue many of his peers can relate to: Health systems coping with today’s difficult business environment are now employing innovative lifecycle approaches to the central utility plant (CUP), a critical element of their facility infrastructure.

In a twist on the traditional design-build method, forward-thinking healthcare organizations are maximizing long-term performance, cost management and energy efficiency in the design and construction of their central utility plants—and then operating and maintaining them to ensure they deliver as expected.

This educational white paper, available online, includes examples and commentary from executives at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Children’s of Alabama. For these hospitals, their approaches translated into increased predictability of budgets, improved environmental stewardship, fewer risks in running and maintaining complex energy systems and greater freedom to focus on what hospitals do best: care for patients and their families.

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Objective Health


With diminishing reimbursement and changes to payment structures, healthcare organizations across the country must be prepared to meet new challenges and maintain financial viability. Recorded on Jan. 25, 2012, Objective Health’s webinar, “Optimizing Performance in the Face of Reform: Strategies for 2012,” addresses approaches for optimizing performance in hospitals and health systems in the context of reimbursement challenges and healthcare reform. Sample hospital cases will illustrate how healthcare organizations can uncover a range of revenue and cost improvement opportunities through deep analytics, as well as how to ensure their capture.

Visit to view the webinar.

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Philips Healthcare


In February 2011 the American College of Cardiology asked member cardiologists, “How important is the problem of reducing readmissions for the hospital where you primarily practice?” Sixty-eight percent responded that it is very important.

CMS has a stated goal to reduce the overall cost of patients with chronic conditions and will stop paying for excess 30-day readmissions beginning October 2012 for three conditions: heart failure, acute MI and pneumonia. Currently 20 percent of all acute MI patients and 25 percent of all heart failure patients readmit within 30 days.

"Hospital to Home" will give you valuable insight as you tackle the problem of readmissions in your institution. This session will be held on Monday, March 19, 2012, during the ACHE Congress on Healthcare Leadership at the Swissôtel, Chicago, Alpine Ballroom, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Lunch will be served. Register here.

Philips Healthcare is authorized to award 1 hour of pre-approved ACHE Qualified Education credit for this program toward advancement or recertification in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Participants in this program wishing to have the continuing education hours applied toward ACHE Qualified Education credit should indicate their attendance when submitting their application for advancement or recertification.

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Siemens Healthcare


During the 2012 Congress on Healthcare Leadership, we encourage you to attend the presentation, "Healthcare Process Redesign: Reducing Variation and Creating an Interactive Care Model (84.1X)," presented by Andrea Gilbert, FACHE, president of Bryn Mawr Hospital, and Karen Thomas, vice president/CIO, Main Line Health System. Held on Wednesday, March 21, from 8:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m., the session will help participants define high-impact areas in their organizations that can be positively affected by a workflow rules engine. Session leaders will also show how Main Line Health has used data to make long-term changes to diminish variation in patient care.

Siemens also offers webcasts on demand, covering topics such as health reform, clinical informatics, thought leadership, electronic data management and other healthcare IT topics of interest. For more information visit Be sure to view the on-demand webcast, “Critical Capabilities for Next Generation Revenue Cycle: A Conversation with Three Industry Thought Leaders.” Don Paulson from University Hospitals and John Glaser of Siemens Healthcare joined Gartner’s Vi Shaffer in a discussion on the critical revenue cycle capabilities needed to best position a healthcare facility. Register now at

Attending HIMSS12? Give your staff the tools to organize and communicate better so they can focus on what they do best: keeping people well. Soarian, a seamless approach to healthcare IT, is a proven healthcare solution. Stop by Siemens Booth 2423 and see for yourself. For more information, visit

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