Solutions

Correlating physician supply and demand: Medical Staff Development Planning

The Situation

A significant part of the growth and success of a hospital is dependent upon the right mix of physicians and specialists. However, the demand for these professionals greatly outweighs the supply. As the physician workforce ages, hospitals are forced to compete for the recruitment of new talent. And to add to the complexity, hospitals must contend with Stark and IRS regulations regarding recruitment of new physicians. Without strategic analysis and careful planning, physician recruitment programs may become stagnant and the hospitals will suffer. This is where Medical Staff...


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Help Where Hospitals Need It

Community Hospital Corporation (CHC) understands that community-based hospitals are vital assets to those they serve. That’s why we provide resources and support to hospitals, including flexible, individualized consulting and management services through CHC Consulting, a distinct CHC organization.

Together with hospital boards and leaders, CHC Consulting develops custom-fit solutions to help preserve and protect community hospitals in an unobtrusive, collaborative manner.

Solutions and Support for Community Based Hospitals

CHC Consulting provides management and consulting services and solutions tailored for community-based hospitals. Many clients who engage us begin with our comprehensive...


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Prescription for Long Term Acute Care Hospital Success

Community Hospital Corporation (CHC) understands the challenges that long term acute care hospitals (LTACH) face in balancing the bottom line with a strong commitment to quality patient care. Keeping up with the ever-changing requirements and reimbursement regulations of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) introduces additional complexity.

Since 2004, CHC has helped LTACHs improve clinical outcomes while boosting financial performance. Our experience led us to develop these factors critical to LTACH success.

Roadmap for LTACH Success Patients in an LTACH often need extended recovery periods to achieve optimal...

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Heading for Trouble? CHC’s Turnaround Strategies Can Help

Leaders of ailing hospitals usually realize there’s room for improvement but don’t recognize the severity of their situation. It is often external stakeholders or bondholders who set corrective action in motion by seeking outside assistance. That’s when Community Hospital Corporation (CHC) steps in with intensive turnaround strategies.

CHC’s turnaround plans help ailing hospitals when financial and performance problems threaten their livelihood and, often, their existence. We develop and help implement a guided turnaround process based on a tried-and-true blueprint that we customize for each hospital. Our turnaround programs go deeper...


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CHC Helps Hospitals Dial Down Telecom Expenses

In at least one respect, rural hospitals are no different than metropolitan hospitals — both need advanced telecom systems and robust data circuits for optimal patient experiences and clinical outcomes. However, these services typically cost more for rural health care providers, making it difficult to keep up with the latest advancements. This is where Community Hospital Corporation (CHC) can help. Accessing a government program, CHC Consulting, the management and consulting arm of CHC, helps eligible hospitals obtain federal funding earmarked specifically to address this discrepancy. With telecom as well as...


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Solutions

CHC Supply Trust Supply Chain Services

Following labor, supply costs are the second-highest expense for hospitals and also the fastest-growing cost center. Unfortunately, community-based hospitals tend to be hit hardest by spiraling expenses because they receive less favorable GPO pricing than their larger counterparts. This is where CHC Supply Trust, the supply chain services arm of Community Hospital Consulting, comes in. We offer four levels of supply chain management support, including GPO access to the same preferred pricing that large hospital systems are able to negotiate.

What’s Unique?

CHC Supply Trust partners with HealthTrust, the nation’s...


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Case Studies

Need for “a la carte” consulting leads to CHC: Great Plains Health, North Platte, NE

The Situation

Many hospitals come to Community Hospital Corporation (CHC) in critical condition. Others come to optimize their good health. Great Plains Health in North Platte, Nebraska, is hale and hearty, with robust finances and a governing board that asks smart questions. Managed for nearly 25 years by an outside organization, Great Plains in 2009 began to question the partnership’s value and looked instead for an advisory partner to provide specific hospital consulting services according to need. Hospital leaders tapped CHC Consulting, the management and consulting arm of CHC, leading...


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Case Studies

Rural hospital leverages USAC funding to save on telecom services, provide better care – Yoakum Community Hospital, Yoakum, TX

The Situation

Yoakum Community Hospital’s antiquated data network and low-speed internet fell short of meeting today’s healthcare industry demands, including use of electronic health records. “We need to be up 24-7 with reliable connections and redundant circuits in case of a primary system failure,” says Crystal Harris, the hospital’s IT director. CHC leveraged federal USAC funding for IT upgrades including high-speed internet and disaster recovery. Citing improvements in patient care as well as operational and financial performance, hospital CFO John Olivares calls the upgrades a “quantum leap forward” for the...


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Case Studies

Reaping the Benefits of Meaningful Use — Incentives Are Just the Beginning: St. Mark’s Medical Center, La Grange, Texas

The Situation

Like hospitals everywhere, St. Mark’s Medical Center in La Grange, Texas, made a substantial investment to switch over to electronic health records (EHRs). Offsetting this expense, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) provides incentive payments for the “meaningful use” of certified EHR technology to improve patient care. But demonstrating “meaningful use” as defined by CMS is a rigorous three-stage process. CHC provided the strategy and support St. Mark’s needed to reap the full benefits of meaningful use, starting with incentive payments and progressing to improved...


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Case Studies

Turnaround program improves hospital’s profile and prospects: Memorial Health System of East Texas, Lufkin, TX

The Situation

After six decades of regional prominence, Memorial Medical Center-Lufkin, the flagship hospital of a four-campus system in East Texas, weathered a multi-year trend of dwindling patient volume and cash reserves resulting in a bond rating downgrade. Determined to get back on track, hospital leaders hired CHC to design and implement a hospital turnaround program to restore the facility’s financial health and credit, as well as the system’s prospects as a whole. Recently, the system announced a strategic partnership made possible in part by the turnaround program’s impressive results.

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