Arcus Consulting Group
Strategic Planning, Growth, Change Management, HR, Operations Consulting Services

Hospitals / Healthcare Consulting Services

healthcare consulting firmHospitals / Healthcare Consulting Services related to Change Management, Organization, Governance and Strategy.  We help hospitals deploy strategies and improve organizational practices that deliver improvements in patient care and lower operating costs.  Hospital executives say their primary challenge is to manage the quality of patient care in an environment of escalating funding constraints. To add complexity to these challenges, they must address many organizational challenges related to changing team based care models, an aging work force, culture change and aging infrastructure.


 

“Needless to say, there are many firms that provide research and strategy consulting services, but few can deliver the value demonstrated in performing the scope of analysis, strategies, product evaluations and practical recommendations. Your commitment and ease of doing business with your firm ensured that we had a sound basis to address our most challenging business decisions.” –  Mr. Peter Flattery, CEO, Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada


Hospitals / Healthcare Consulting Services: Research and Strategy

 

Arcus offers hospitals and healthcare systems deep strategic and analytical expertise in healthcare to help clients address these challenges. Our consultants have served in leadership positions in healthcare organizations and have firsthand experience in challenges related to transformational initiatives.


 

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Hospitals/Healthcare Market Research and Consulting Services

 

Arcus offers proven performance improvement models that deliver superior outcomes with targeted strategies:

 

Peer hospital performance benchmarks linked to best in class organizations and best practices. Increased visibility with monitoring tools and dashboards frameworks that allow hospital leadership teams to monitor, assess and deploy strategies against key benchmark performance indicators to engage administrative staff and medical teams that may include nurses, physicians and specialists. clinicians.

 

Secure HBAM funding with optimized change management and scope of practicw: Arcus has managed several assessments of anticipated staff impacts prior to moving to staff planning. Our best practice 10 point process includes the following steps:

  1. Select the patient population of focus
  2. Core care needs of patient population
  3. Identify patients needing extra support
  4. Review of HBAM funding benchmarks
  5. Directors review staffing needs in each unit
  6. Align core teams with patient needs
  7. Attrition and staffing cost management
  8. Layer additional support onto core teams
  9. Regularly reassess patient need for support
  10. Community anxiety management

 

inter-professional care model

 

Community anxiety management: Our commitment is to help our clients solve culture, operations and growth challenges. We advice life sciences and healthcare organizations on growth, operations and change management. Our research includes interviews with over 220 C-level executives, 1,500 CMO/CTO/CNO and 2,130 frontline staff on challenges healthcare organizations face in delivery of superior patient care. We have also helped hospitals, healthcare systems, acute care, long term care and local health integration networks with their most challenging organization, patient care and process strategies.


 

Examples of our work

 

Arcus helped improve the human, clinical and administrative performance of a hospital system consisting of nine mid size hospitals with a total of over 4000 beds. We collected data on key indicators such as patient and staff satisfaction, wait times by department, quality of care with feedback from patients, staff, management and clinicians. We developed a team-based care model that redefined responsibilities of nursing, physicians and specialists in the continuum of care. The strategy helped the hospital redesign roles of clinical staff and improved financial performance, lowered costs and increased patient and staff satisfaction.

We supported the development of a patient care and risk management system that was deployed at over 250 hospitals in Canada and the US. The strategy included a comprehensive review of risk associated with clinical procedures, departments, work flow across staff functions and organizational transformation opportunities. This multiyear engagement helped to develop specific long term strategic goals for hospitals to improve patient care, manage data collection on near misses and helped to redesign the organizational structure to optimize patient care and improve team effectiveness. The program outcome was a care model that enhanced patient care and optimized the performance of specific hospital departments such as emergency and obstetrics.

We help hospitals deploy strategies and improve organizational practices that deliver improvements in patient care and lower operating costs. Hospital executives say their primary challenge is to manage the quality of patient care in an environment of escalating funding constraints. To add complexity to these challenges, they must address many organizational challenges related to changing team based care models, an aging work force, culture change and aging infrastructure.

Arcus offers hospitals and healthcare systems deep strategic and analytical expertise in healthcare to help clients address these challenges. Our consultants have served in leadership positions in healthcare organizations and have firsthand experience in challenges related to transformational initiatives.


 

Arcus offers proven performance improvement models that deliver superior outcomes with targeted strategies:

 

  • Peer hospital performance benchmarks linked to best in class organizations and best practices.
  • Increased visibility with monitoring tools and dashboards frameworks that allow hospital leadership teams to monitor, assess and deploy strategies against key benchmark performance indicators to engage administrative staff and medical teams that may include nurses, physicians and specialists. clinicians.

 

Our commitment is to help our clients solve culture, operations and growth challenges. We advice life sciences and healthcare organizations on growth, operations and change management. Our research includes interviews with over 220 C-level executives, 1,500 CMO/CTO/CNO and 2,130 frontline staff on challenges healthcare organizations face in delivery of superior patient care. We have also helped hospitals, healthcare systems, acute care, long term care and local health integration networks with their most challenging organization, patient care and process strategies.


 

Client Successes

 

  • Arcus helped improve the human, clinical and administrative performance of a hospital system consisting of nine mid size hospitals with a total of over 4000 beds. We collected data on key indicators such as patient and staff satisfaction, wait times by department, quality of care with feedback from patients, staff, management and clinicians. We developed a team-based care model that redefined responsibilities of nursing, physicians and specialists in the continuum of care. The strategy helped the hospital redesign roles of clinical staff and improved financial performance, lowered costs and increased patient and staff satisfaction.

 

  • We supported the development of a patient care and risk management system that was deployed at over 250 hospitals in Canada and the US. The strategy included a comprehensive review of risk associated with clinical procedures, departments, work flow across staff functions and organizational transformation opportunities. This multiyear engagement helped to develop specific long term strategic goals for hospitals to improve patient care, manage data collection on near misses and helped to redesign the organizational structure to optimize patient care and improve team effectiveness. The program outcome was a care model that enhanced patient care and optimized the performance of specific hospital departments such as emergency and obstetrics.

 

  • We helped a midsize regional health plan craft a three-phased, holistic portfolio of initiatives that together would push down its rising cost trend to match the consumer price index rather than exceed it.

 

  • In a recent engagement, an Arcus team helped a large national health plan address issues of affordability by creating a strategy for its network design business unit, using better network design as a lever for delivering greater healthcare value.

 

  • We helped a large retail pharmacy collaborate with an insurance company to offer greater affordability in disease management and immunizations.

 

  • We helped a leading disease management and wellness company set a comprehensive 5-year strategy to achieve greater healthcare value, which included assessing capabilities, identifying target customer segments, and reshaping the economic model.

 

  • We worked with a healthcare system to quantify future healthcare needs, set out ideal care pathways to ensure the best health outcomes, collaborate with providers to reduce costs and improve quality, and put in place innovative payment mechanisms to encourage the adoption of best-practice care.

 

  • We worked with a Canadian healthcare system for 18 months to plan and implement the largest-ever integrated care program, involving primary, secondary, community, social, and mental health providers. The aim was to improve the patient experience and offer more proactive care in order to decrease emergency admissions by 30 percent and nursing home admissions by 10 percent for diabetics and the elderly, reducing the cost of care for these groups by 24 percent over 5 years. The program has already produced positive results, with 300 fewer emergency admissions than prior trends would have projected.

Learn more about our services for healthcare providers

 

Healthcare performance: The most significant challenge faced by healthcare today is controlling costs. When healthcare costs are managed effectively, hospitals and healthcare systems can deliver better care, address patient needs, engage clinical and administrative staff and lower costs. Arcus helps clients by offering best practice models that have worked at other organizations in areas such as culture change, patient care, risk management and staff performance and process improvement. We deliver superior results by leveraging our ongoing conversations with over 2000 C-level and front line staff of healthcare systems and hospitals every year.


 

Change Management: Change requires best practices in organizational effectiveness and flexible leadership. CEO’s need to learn about how to leverage best practices for effective change within their organizations. Our change model is based on practices of HROS (highly reliable organizations) in sectors with complex operations such as healthcare and nuclear energy. These organizations follow proven methodologies because human errors can have potentially catastrophic consequences. The comprehensive approach integrates process and human dimensions of change. Please review a sample project to learn more about our approach on an engagement. Learn more about the Arcus Change Management Model.


 

Integrated Patient Care: Hospitals today struggle with patient care processes where patient traffic can be unpredictable and emergency management can be a significant challenge. Our work in the area of patient flow management has delivered significant improvements in staff satisfaction and patient care outcomes by providing the right care at the right time and place.  Over the past 5 years, Arcus has managed over 300 projects to increase patient care performance and change management of healthcare organizations.


 

Culture change: We help healthcare organizations identify deeper insights about patient expectations to deliver appropriate interventions that increase the probability of healthy outcomes. Arcus has specialized expertise in appreciative inquiry, an approach to search for the best in people, their organizations, and the relevant business environment around them. In its broadest focus, it involves systematic discovery of what gives “life” to an organization’s eco-system when it is most alive, most effective, and most constructively capable in economic, business and strategic terms.

 

Read more about our services and case studies.