Happy New Year!

As the world prepares to bid 2019 farewell and embrace the next decade with the start of 2020, people everywhere are spending their time making New Year’s resolutions as they celebrate the holidays and wait for the ball to drop from Time’s Square. Sadly, as we all know too well, those self-promises and good intentions only tend to last weeks, days or even hours before they are abandoned or forgotten. The problem, or loophole that lets so many people off the proverbial hook, lies in how a resolution is actually defined.

Announcing a NEW Catalyst Experience!

New year, new look! ALTIUS is excited to announce that beginning in January of 2020, we will be launching our completely remodeled online client portal, Catalyst. The site will still contain all of the same great tools and features that our clients are accustomed to, but will be enhanced by several new elements that take performance improvement and productivity management even further. With a modernized look and amenities that keep it cutting edge, Catalyst is ready to move into the next decade.

What Does it Mean to Manage Productivity?

What does it mean to manage productivity? In the third and final installment of our video series on productivity, ALTIUS CEO Stephanie Dorwart discusses the key steps to implementing a successful productivity system and establishing a culture of accountability within an organization. Benchmarking a facility and comparing its performance to that of like hospitals or health systems is the first phase. The next component is using the information gathered to identify opportunities for improvement and establish realistic goals for change.

Why Manage Productivity?

Why manage productivity? In the second segment of our video series spotlight on productivity, ALTIUS CEO Stephanie Dorwart explores the motivating factors behind controlling costs and establishing appropriate staffing levels through performance improvement strategies. Reinvestment back into the organization and its employees along with better service to the community are detailed among the top priorities. Watch now and let ALTIUS help elevate the application of productivity management in your hospital or health system! .

Avoid the “Black Hatters”

We are all familiar with Black Friday and the Mad Hatter, but what about the less popular Black Hatters? Unfortunately, the term "Black Hatter" does not refer to discounted shopping or a whimsical fairy tale character like the others. It carries with it a more negative connotation. Black Hatters are the "change agents," interim executives and outside resources, brought into failing organizations to make quick and dramatic vicissitudes.

Your Budget: Stuffed Like a Thanksgiving Turkey?

The holidays are a time for indulging and even being a bit gluttonous. For many healthcare organizations, the season also marks the start of the fiscal year-end. While it is difficult not to be pre-occupied with the party-planning, dinner menus, present-buying, and the other personal distractions that come with this time of year, hospital leaders need to be diligent and focused on ensuring that their organizations are poised to successfully meet the demands of 2020! The most significant part of this preparation is a well-planned budget.