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Business Risk

The cost of how you make choices

There are several definitions of business risk on the web. Some of the business risks that hospitals face today are unavoidable components of the healthcare business. These components include ever changing government rules and regulations, reimbursement realities, uncertain volumes, and market forces. Our work starts with the choices you make. We work hard to mitigate business risk when and wherever we can. We provide the best guidance we can and work to operate in a data driven environment, using experts both from our staff, partners and vendors. 

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Posted by Aaron Miller on December 30th, 2015 in GPHA Hospitals, Healthcare Improvement


GPHA and Cerner Announce Partnership

GREAT PLAINS HEALTH ALLIANCE TO TRANSITION AFFILIATED HOSPITALS TO NEW DIGITAL PATIENT RECORD

PHILLIPSBURG, Kan. — Nov. 10, 2015 — Great Plains Health Alliance (GPHA) announced that it has selected Cerner, a global leader in health care technology, to implement an integrated electronic health record (EHR) across the alliance’s 25 affiliated critical access hospitals. Dozens of populations across Nebraska and Kansas counties will be transitioned onto the Cerner system.

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Posted by Aaron Miller on November 9th, 2015 in GPHA Events, GPHA Hospitals, Healthcare Improvement


Building Maintenance under a Lease Contract

We recently got an excellent question from a community member where we operate a leased hospital.  The question was, “Why isn’t GPHA responsible for the cost of keeping the building up if they are leasing the hospital?” 

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Posted by Aaron Miller on January 22nd, 2015 in GPHA Hospitals, Healthcare Improvement


The Top of the Stack

World Class Plumbers

Entering the world of hospital administration, it has been fun for me to replace my acronym saturated military lexicon (TDY, TOT, MRE, OPR, CC, BX, MP, IP, etc etc etc) with a new, equally extensive, medical vocabulary (OB, PT, OP, RT, OT, CT, MD, RN, on and on).  One of the terms that has captured my attention the most through the course of my transition, however, is the term “leak”.  

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Posted by Aaron Miller on November 26th, 2014 in GPHA Hospitals, Healthcare Improvement, Our People


Reducing the Cost of Prescription Drugs

Drug company gives free medication to elderly woman, avoids injectable medications and hospital visits

A 92 year old woman, now in assisted living, had an aggressive bacterial infection. The infection had limited options for treatment. Only a few oral prescription drugs and a small number of injectable drugs have been shown to cure this particular infection. Zyvox (linezolid) developed by the Pfizer corporation is one of the oral prescription drugs that has demonstrated success in the past. This breakthrough medication is necessary to keep the upper hand in the continuing fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Without it, patients may be required to get days or even weeks of continuous injectable antibiotics, often multiple times per day. These treatments can be uncomfortable, inconvenient, and in some cases unsuccessful. At the end of several weeks of treatment, if the infection persists, hospitalization may be required.

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Posted by Aaron Miller on November 11th, 2014 in GPHA Hospitals, Healthcare Improvement


New Administrators Join Four GPHA Hospitals

We are pleased to welcome new administrators at four GPHA hospitals: Sharon Cox, Rawlins County Hospital; John Hart, Fredonia Regional Hospital; Manuela (Manny) Wolf, Harlan County Health System; and Tyson Sterling, Wichita County Health Center.

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Posted by admin on July 23rd, 2014 in GPHA Hospitals, Healthcare Improvement, Our People


GPHA Hospitals Selected For Rural Health System Improvement Project

Pilot Project Blog Post Photo

Six GPHA hospitals have been selected for a three-year pilot project aimed at developing high quality health care systems in rural areas. Participation in The Kansas Rural Health Systems Improvement Pilot Project was by proposal.

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Posted by admin on July 22nd, 2014 in GPHA Hospitals, Healthcare Improvement, Our People


Meet Mark Hoffman, GPHA Financial Services

Mark HoffmanMark Hoffman joined the Reimbursement and Financial Analysis Department in January. Although he’s new to GPHA’s Financial Services in Wichita, Hoffman has provided auditing and accounting services for GPHA hospitals for several years.

Hoffman has more than 35 years’ experience as a Certified Public Accountant. He began his career in January 1978 with Fox and Company, which merged with Grant Thornton in 1985. In 2010, he joined BKD’s Wichita office when Grant Thornton sold its health care practice to BKD.

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Posted by admin on July 18th, 2014 in GPHA Hospitals, Healthcare Improvement, Our People


Healthcare – Treating People in a Fee-For-Service World

Great Plains Health Alliance

Clinicians are funny people. In general they are very kind and caring individuals who have spent a good many years training for their professions. By the way, what is and is not a profession is somewhat of a grey area; you might not think everything is a profession, but each job can, and is, treated that way by the person doing it. These are professionals. Whether or not people regard the job as one of the “professions,” is a topic for another blog entry.

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Posted by admin on June 5th, 2014 in GPHA Hospitals, Healthcare Improvement, Our People


The Importance of Employee Evaluations

For many managers, the (dreaded) annual review of employees is simply a formality and one of the negatives of being higher on the corporate ladder than someone. The standard procedure is straightforward: welcome them, serve them a warm compliment sandwich (with just a little spice to keep motivation high), and send them off with a perfunctory raise, or a set or arbitrary goals that may help them earn their raise the next time around. Problem solved, that 15 minutes of awkwardly having to point out performance issues; or stumbling over yourself to ensure they know you like them personally, it’s their work ethic you detest, is done and you don’t have to do it again for 12 entire months. Sweet relief.

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Posted by admin on June 5th, 2014 in GPHA Hospitals, Healthcare Improvement, Our People, Reports