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News Article | February 15, 2017
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Career Step, an online provider of career-focused education and professional training, is pleased to announce Northwest Technical Institute (NTI) Business and Industry Training Center as its newest academic partner. “NTI Business and Industry shares our mission of changing lives through education, training and skill development,” said Ryan Ewer, Vice President of Academic Partnerships. “This shared goal made our partnership a natural fit, and we look forward to helping a new group of learners gain the right skills and training to advance their careers and succeed in the workforce.” The Arkansas-based NTI Business and Industry joins more than 150 other educational institutions, including University of Utah, Cal State San Bernardino and Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, in Career Step’s network of academic partners. NTI Business and Industry was founded in 1996 to provide job-skills training to residents of northwestern Arkansas. Their curriculum ranges from healthcare, business and industrial arts career programs to community education and certification/licenses. The academic partnership adds a number of Career Step’s healthcare courses to the NTI Business and Industry lineup, including Medical Billing, Medical Coding and Billing, Veterinary Assistant, Medical Transcription and Editing, Pharmacy Technician, Medical Administrative Assistant with EHR, Healthcare IT and Medical Office Manager. “In a region with few career-training options, we are grateful for quality academic partners offering opportunities that may be challenging for us to provide otherwise,” said Gretchen Sawyer, Program Manager at NTI Business and Industry. “Career Step’s courses will open doors to fulfilling, in-demand healthcare careers to our students with the added bonus of flexibility and convenience that only an online education can deliver.” Career Step’s academic partnership program has helped provide students with opportunities to train in growing industries through joint ventures with higher learning institutions for more than a decade. The schools usually offer the courses through their continuing education departments, helping students quickly start new careers. More information about Career Step’s partnership with NTI Business and Industry is available at CareerStep.com/ntibi. To learn more about Career Step’s academic partnership program, please visit CareerStep.com/partner. About Career Step Career Step is an online provider of career-focused education and professional training. The company has trained over 100,000 students for new careers, has more than 150 partnerships with colleges and universities nationwide, offers a variety of continuing education courses for healthcare professionals and has educated more than 100,000 healthcare professionals. Career Step provides training for several of the largest and most respected healthcare employers in the nation and is committed to helping students and practicing healthcare professionals alike gain the skills they need to be successful in the workplace--improving lives, advancing careers and bettering business results through education. More information can be found at http://www.careerstep.com or 1-800-246-7836.


News Article | November 22, 2016
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Two healthcare facilities developed by NexCore Group, a national healthcare real estate developer, have been honored as Finalists in Healthcare Real Estate Insights™ magazine’s annual, national awards program. NexCore, which is headquartered in Denver, developed the facilities in Avon and Lewis Center. The HREI Insights Awards™ are the only national awards dedicated to recognizing excellence in the areas of healthcare real estate (HRE) development and executive leadership. The awards are presented by Healthcare Real Estate Insights™ magazine, the first and only national magazine entirely devoted to covering HRE development, financing and investment. Todd Varney, NexCore Managing Director Development and Acquisitions, noted, “We are very pleased that HREI magazine has honored two of NexCore’s projects – Buck Creek Medical Plaza and MC Fitness & Health – as Finalists in their prestigious annual awards program. NexCore always strives to help our clients realize their goals with high quality, cost-effective and efficient facilities that deliver excellent healthcare services in the communities they serve. These two facilities embody the realization of those goals.” NexCore projects were named Finalists seven times and a Winner one time in the three previous years of the highly competitive HREI Insights Awards™ program, whose results are announced each December. The NexCore-developed projects that were named 2016 Finalists are: A Finalist in the “Best New Medical Office Buildings (MOBs) and Other Outpatient Facilities (25,000 to 49,999 square feet)” Category, Buck Creek Medical Plaza is a $28 million, three-story, 48,300 square foot MOB and freestanding emergency department (FED)/urgent care center located in the heart of the Vail Valley. The facility, which opened in June 2016, realized the longstanding, elusive goal of a new, one-stop outpatient center in the Valley, further complicated by unique geography, topography and extremely high concentration of government-owned land. In a unique collaboration, NexCore was able to secure the perfect 2.15-acre parcel through an ingenious and exemplary land swap that involved the Eagle River Fire Protection District, the City of Avon, and New York financier and Vail resident Oscar Tang, an individual highly committed to the Vail Valley, who owned adjacent land. NexCore fast-tracked its process and broke ground on Buck Creek seven months later. With anchor tenants Centura Health and Colorado Mountain Medical, and other specialties such as physical therapy, dental and allergy, top-quality healthcare is being delivered to a Colorado mountain community that has been especially challenged by the changes in medical care during the past few years. Buck Creek Medical Plaza’s centralized location with great visibility, beautiful views, access from U.S. Interstate 70 and free parking provides the kind of care the Vail Valley community demanded and deserved, while further establishing the area as a top-notch resort and residential community with quality healthcare, physicians and diversified jobs. With its vibrant mix of providers, Buck Creek Medical Plaza was 94 percent leased at opening. The service mix creates a built-in referral network for tenants and is projected to generate 88,000 annual patient visits. A Finalist in the “Best New MOBs and Other Outpatient Facilities (100,000 square feet or more)” Category, MC Fitness & Health is a $40 million, three-story, 130,000 square foot MOB, hospital outpatient clinic, medical fitness center and FED in the fast-growing Columbus, Ohio, suburb of Lewis Center. Mount Carmel Health System (MCHS) wanted to develop an outpatient center to protect and increase its market share in the economically thriving area in Delaware County. The new facility would be part of the MCHS “hub and spoke” ambulatory network, feeding Mount Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital in Westerville about eight miles away. MCHS also envisioned the facility as a community center focused on wellness that would signal the system’s move toward value-based care. MCHS identified Lewis Center and the U.S. 23 corridor as the ideal area for the facility, with its great visibility/branding, ease of patient access, future growth opportunities and a strategic location in a growing suburban retail corridor. NexCore led the site acquisition process, including market demand analysis, site identification, site due diligence, site selection and land closing. NexCore helped MCHS develop its program for the outpatient/medical fitness center, refine space requirements, and right size the facility. Six months into construction, MCHS wanted to change the urgent care center to an ED to accommodate service needs in Delaware Co. NexCore’s team redesigned the interior space, reengineered mechanical/electrical systems, priced construction and presented a proposal to MCHS in 37 days. MCHS accepted the proposal, and NexCore fast-tracked development of the ED, which opened just 45 days after the rest of the facility. NexCore facilitated early collaboration on program and design for the facility, resulting in efficient use of space and funds. They were able to reduce the required land area from 13 to 11 acres, thereby reducing land and site development costs by over $600,000, which translated to lower lease rates for MCHS and other tenants. NexCore helped MCHS bring a one-of-a-kind outpatient facility to Lewis Center/Delaware County, one that offers patients a complete continuum of care (prevention, diagnosis, treatment, retail services) and responds to healthcare reform. Since the facility opened, MCHS has implemented many community engagement and population health management initiatives, including a monthly lecture series, hosted events (cook-out and pool party, several 5K races, and Women’s Day), partnerships with local schools and recreational teams (swim meets, mentor program and volunteer program for developmentally disabled students), participation in SAFE Coalition for Delaware County and Partnership for a Healthy Delaware County, and corporate/senior discounts. The HREI Insights Awards™ will be presented live Dec. 8 at the RealShare Healthcare Real Estate Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz. For more information on the awards, please see http://www.HREInsights.com. NexCore Group develops healthcare facilities for hospitals, health systems and physicians. We solve complex real estate challenges through innovative building solutions and creative financial structures. In a rapidly changing healthcare industry, NexCore has the superior expertise to deliver quality environments and flexible spaces that help grow your business, lower expenses and mitigate risk. Over the past 25 years, NexCore has developed and acquired a total of 6.1 million square feet of health care facilities across the country. Our company has been recognized repeatedly as one of the Top Healthcare Real Estate Developers in the U.S. by Modern Healthcare magazine. NexCore is headquartered in Denver, Colorado, and as the company continues to grow so does its geographic reach. Over the last several years, NexCore has opened regional offices in Chicago; Bethesda, Md.; Portland, Ore.; Dallas; Orlando, Fla.; and Laguna Niguel, Calif. For more information, please visit http://www.nexcoregroup.com. Contact: Tracy Hindman, Marketing Director, 303-293-0673.


News Article | November 21, 2016
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Career Step, an online provider of career-focused education and professional training, is proud to announce the release of its new Veterinary Assistant with Medical Office Administration program. This course will give students the skills they need to work in any type of veterinary or medical office and can be completed in twelve months of full-time study. “We are excited to announce our new Veterinary Assistant with Medical Office Administration program designed to prepare graduates for careers in the growing veterinary and medical administration fields,” said Steve Tober, Career Step President and CEO. “Our mission is to empower our students to improve their career prospects by providing comprehensive training that will enable them to transition quickly into a rewarding career.” The new Veterinary Assistant with Medical Office Administration program was developed to train students to work as veterinary assistants or as medical administrative assistants in facilities nationwide. This broad skill set provides job flexibility that sets students up to move into an office or practice manager role as they gain experience. The course provides 347 hours of curriculum, covering material such as examination room and office procedures, small and large animal nursing, office and hospital procedures, and healthcare documentation. The Veterinary Assistant with Medical Office Administration course follows the online format of other Career Step programs and is hosted on the company’s proprietary online learning platform. This gives students 24/7 access to all course material, allowing them to study on the schedule and at the pace that works for them. “We are excited to offer a program that allows students to develop such a broad range of expertise,” said Jerolyn Robertson, Career Step Vice President of Academics. “Our goal with this program is for Career Step students to gain the knowledge and experience they need to be marketable as a veterinary assistant or as the office manager or administrative assistant in a veterinary office and to have the skill set needed to transition into management positions in a broader healthcare office setting.” Career Step has been providing quality career education for over 25 years and focuses its programs in high-growth healthcare fields that offer opportunities nationwide. The school is dedicated to providing education with the single-minded focus of preparing students to start rewarding careers. For more information on Career Step’s new Veterinary Assistant with Medical Office Administration program, visit CareerStep.com or call 1-800-411-7073. About Career Step Career Step is an online provider of career-focused education and professional training. The company has trained over 100,000 students for new careers as well as more than 100,000 healthcare professionals through its various continuing education courses. More than 150 colleges and universities nationwide have partnered with Career Step, and the company provides training for several of the largest and most respected healthcare employers in the nation. Career Step is committed to helping students and practicing healthcare professionals alike gain the skills they need to be successful in the workplace—improving lives, advancing careers and driving business results through education. More information can be found at http://www.careerstep.com or 1-800-246-7836


Career Step is proud to announce the release of its new Veterinary Assistant with Medical Office Administration program, designed to be completed in just a few months. Lehi, UT, November 21, 2016 --( “We are excited to announce our new Veterinary Assistant with Medical Office Administration program designed to prepare graduates for careers in the growing veterinary and medical administration fields,” said Steve Tober, Career Step President and CEO. “Our mission is to empower our students to improve their career prospects by providing comprehensive training that will enable them to transition quickly into a rewarding career.” The new Veterinary Assistant with Medical Office Administration program was developed to train students to work as veterinary assistants or as medical administrative assistants in facilities nationwide. This broad skill set provides job flexibility that sets students up to move into an office or practice manager role as they gain experience. The course provides 347 hours of curriculum, covering material such as examination room and office procedures, small and large animal nursing, office and hospital procedures, and healthcare documentation. The Veterinary Assistant with Medical Office Administration course follows the online format of other Career Step programs and is hosted on the company’s proprietary online learning platform. This gives students 24/7 access to all course material, allowing them to study on the schedule and at the pace that works for them. “We are excited to offer a program that allows students to develop such a broad range of expertise,” said Jerolyn Robertson, Career Step Vice President of Academics. “Our goal with this program is for Career Step students to gain the knowledge and experience they need to be marketable as a veterinary assistant or as the office manager or administrative assistant in a veterinary office and to have the skill set needed to transition into management positions in a broader healthcare office setting.” Career Step has been providing quality career education for over 25 years and focuses its programs in high-growth healthcare fields that offer opportunities nationwide. The school is dedicated to providing education with the single-minded focus of preparing students to start rewarding careers. For more information on Career Step’s new Veterinary Assistant with Medical Office Administration program, visit CareerStep.com or call 1-800-411-7073. About Career Step Career Step is an online provider of career-focused education and professional training. The company has trained over 100,000 students for new careers as well as more than 100,000 healthcare professionals through its various continuing education courses. More than 150 colleges and universities nationwide have partnered with Career Step, and the company provides training for several of the largest and most respected healthcare employers in the nation. Career Step is committed to helping students and practicing healthcare professionals alike gain the skills they need to be successful in the workplace—improving lives, advancing careers and driving business results through education. More information can be found at www.careerstep.com or 1-800-246-7836. Lehi, UT, November 21, 2016 --( PR.com )-- Career Step, an online provider of career-focused education and professional training, is proud to announce the release of its new Veterinary Assistant with Medical Office Administration program. This course will give students the skills they need to work in any type of veterinary or medical office and can be completed in twelve months of full-time study.“We are excited to announce our new Veterinary Assistant with Medical Office Administration program designed to prepare graduates for careers in the growing veterinary and medical administration fields,” said Steve Tober, Career Step President and CEO. “Our mission is to empower our students to improve their career prospects by providing comprehensive training that will enable them to transition quickly into a rewarding career.”The new Veterinary Assistant with Medical Office Administration program was developed to train students to work as veterinary assistants or as medical administrative assistants in facilities nationwide. This broad skill set provides job flexibility that sets students up to move into an office or practice manager role as they gain experience. The course provides 347 hours of curriculum, covering material such as examination room and office procedures, small and large animal nursing, office and hospital procedures, and healthcare documentation.The Veterinary Assistant with Medical Office Administration course follows the online format of other Career Step programs and is hosted on the company’s proprietary online learning platform. This gives students 24/7 access to all course material, allowing them to study on the schedule and at the pace that works for them.“We are excited to offer a program that allows students to develop such a broad range of expertise,” said Jerolyn Robertson, Career Step Vice President of Academics. “Our goal with this program is for Career Step students to gain the knowledge and experience they need to be marketable as a veterinary assistant or as the office manager or administrative assistant in a veterinary office and to have the skill set needed to transition into management positions in a broader healthcare office setting.”Career Step has been providing quality career education for over 25 years and focuses its programs in high-growth healthcare fields that offer opportunities nationwide. The school is dedicated to providing education with the single-minded focus of preparing students to start rewarding careers.For more information on Career Step’s new Veterinary Assistant with Medical Office Administration program, visit CareerStep.com or call 1-800-411-7073.About Career StepCareer Step is an online provider of career-focused education and professional training. The company has trained over 100,000 students for new careers as well as more than 100,000 healthcare professionals through its various continuing education courses. More than 150 colleges and universities nationwide have partnered with Career Step, and the company provides training for several of the largest and most respected healthcare employers in the nation. Career Step is committed to helping students and practicing healthcare professionals alike gain the skills they need to be successful in the workplace—improving lives, advancing careers and driving business results through education. More information can be found at www.careerstep.com or 1-800-246-7836. Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from Career Step


News Article | February 15, 2017
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Career Step, an online provider of career-focused education and professional training, is thrilled to report that its graduates have an overall pass rate of 95 percent on National Healthcareer Association industry certification exams, compared to a national average of 70 percent. NHA recently compiled the pass rates as part of an annual review. “The NHA findings speak to the rigor of Career Step’s curriculum in preparing students for the workforce,” said Jerolyn Robertson, Career Step Vice President of Academics. “We work closely with industry associations to ensure our programs deliver the most up-to-date content required to help graduates not only pass certification exams but to thrive in their careers. We value NHA’s validation that our programs are excelling in that objective.” NHA offers eight nationally recognized, NCCA-accredited allied health certifications, including several which correspond to Career Step courses. Career Step prepares its Medical Administrative Assistant with EHR and Medical Office Manager students for the CMAA and CEHRS certification exams and its Medical Billing students for the CBCS exam. Upon graduation, students receive vouchers to sit for their program’s corresponding certification exams. According to the NHA report, Career Step graduates most frequently sat for the CMAA and CEHRS certification exams, and many of those test-takers sat for both exams. Compared to a national average of 70 percent on both exams, 100 percent of Career Step graduates passed the CMAA exam, and 85 percent of Career Step graduates passed the CEHRS exam. More than half of the test-takers reported that they did not use additional materials to prepare for the exams, relying solely on their Career Step educations. Furthermore, Career Step not only increased its enrollment in NHA exams by 36 percent from 2015, but those students went on to pass the exams 9 percent higher than in the previous year. “We place our students’ needs first, and the high pass rates for NHA’s exams validate that we are preparing our graduates well for the industry,” said Ben Hartman, Career Step Vice President of Enrollments. “We are proud of our graduates and appreciate that they leave our programs ready to enter fulfilling careers that can change the course of their lives in meaningful ways.” Career Step offers a number of programs that prepare students to work in healthcare, administration and technology. For information about the Medical Administrative Assistant with EHR, Medical Office Manager, Medical Billing programs or other courses Career Step offers, please visit CareerStep.com or call 1-800-246-7837. About Career Step Career Step is an online provider of career-focused education and professional training. The company has trained over 100,000 students for new careers, has more than 150 partnerships with colleges and universities nationwide, offers a variety of continuing education courses for healthcare professionals and has educated more than 100,000 healthcare professionals. Career Step provides training for several of the largest and most respected healthcare employers in the nation and is committed to helping students and practicing healthcare professionals alike gain the skills they need to be successful in the workplace--improving lives, advancing careers and bettering business results through education. More information can be found at http://www.careerstep.com or 1-800-246-7836.


News Article | February 19, 2017
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AC Group Inc., a leading company, specializing in the evaluation, selection, and ranking of vendors in the PMS/EHR healthcare marketplace, will exhibit the 7 Stages of VBR technologies and implementational system requirements to succeed in this ecosystem at HIMSS’17. AC Group gathered together information obtained from over 200 ACOs, compared and analyzed an ACO’s needs to over 100 technology software and services companies that are providing different pieces of Population Health technologies designed to lower the costs and improve larger Population health outcomes. After this thorough analysis, AC Group has arrived at a comprehensive 7 Stages of Value-Based Reimbursement (VBR) to guide care teams in overcoming the challenges in the VBR financing system and make them aware of the technologies required for managing deliverables in this brave new world. AC Group has identified 15 different functionalities that are crucial to thrive in a VBR financial world and believes that Population Health is only one of the 15 categories. Starting from the bottom and working up, the 7 stages of VBR clearly explains the step-by-step needs of healthcare organizations interested in VBR financing models. “To thrive in this new market, payers and providers must start with technology that supports integration from multiple sources, implements advanced analytics and Care Coordination programs based on best practices and national care guidelines, and should implement patient and family engagement programs. For this they will have to search for software vendors that meet all of the 15 components of VBR,” said Mark Anderson, CEO - AC Group. “Since, Medicare VBR contracts will begin on October 1, 2017, followed closely by commercial insurance plans in early to late 2018, the time to start evaluations is now, and any delay in decision making will probably lead to poor VBR contracting results and lost profits.” Mark Anderson will also be delivering a speaker session on "7 Stages of Value-Based Reimbursement". As a Healthcare Futurist with over 1,000 conference speeches on the needed improvements in healthcare, he will share his unique perspective on Value Based Reimbursement (VBR) system and his insight on what level of technology is required to navigate through the 7 different Stages of VBR successfully. The session will be held at 10:30 AM on February 20th, at Population Care Management Center in HIMSS'17. AC Group, Inc., formed in 1996, is a healthcare technology advisory and research firm designed to save participants precious time and resources in their technology decision-making.  A leading company specializing in the evaluation, selection, and ranking of vendors in the PMS/EHR healthcare marketplace, AC Group is renowned for its detailed report on vendor PMS/EHR functional, usability, and company. AC Group has conducted more than 450 PMS/EHR searches, selections, and contract negotiations for small physician offices to large IPAs and hospitals since 2002. ACG provides independent advisory and consultative services designed to assist physicians in evaluating and selecting technology to enable the creation of the “The Digital Medical Office of the Future.” For more information, please visit acgroup.org


News Article | February 15, 2017
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Learn Medical Coding LLC. (LMC) provides medical coding training for coding all specialties including inpatient and outpatient coding. Students have the option of taking an online self- study or webinar courses. LMC is pleased to announce a new live virtual medical coding course entitled Learn Medical Coding LLC.20 Week Live! Virtual Webinar CPC Medical Coding Course. The course starts March 7, 2017. This course prepares students to pass the AAPC CPC Certification exam successfully. Students that completes this course is 80 percent more likely to pass the certification exam than students that do not. This course is more beneficial than most courses because of the test taking skills that are gained during class and the coding knowledge the students will receive from coding real cases. Students will take at least 15 practice test during the course to prepare students with similar test questions that will be on the exam, to help alleviate stress and anxiety during the actual certification exam and for practicing exam time management. LMC Virtual Medical Office is also included in the course. The virtual office allows students to experience what it will feel like to work in a physician’s office and code real coding cases. The VMO will prepare students for the real world of coding!


News Article | February 27, 2017
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Jordan Wirsz as a principal and CEO of Savant Investment Partners, a Las Vegas, Nevada based commercial real estate investment and development company announced the purchase of the Siena Office Park which includes more than 101,000 square feet of Medical Office and Traditional Office space in two beautiful Class A buildings. The Siena medical and office park, located at 2850 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway and 861 Coronado Center Drive in Henderson, is extremely well located within the Henderson medical corridor of Green Valley, with close proximity to the I-215 and the major arterials of Eastern Avenue and St. Rose Parkway. The Siena Office Park is only one block from the St. Rose Dominican Hospital campus on St. Rose Parkway.   These wonderfully appointed Class-A buildings will undergo minor aesthetic remodels in the months ahead. Savant Commercial Real Estate, headed by Jordan Wirsz, will be leasing the office and medical office suites ranging from 1,100 to 25,000 square feet. Siena Office Park’s proximity to the St. Rose Dominican Hospital and other major employers in the Henderson - Green Valley area makes this an ideal location for those that wish to be rooted in the heart of one of the valley’s most affluent and prestigious areas. Both medical and traditional office uses are available at the properties.   Jordan Wirsz, founder and CEO of Savant Investment Partners said, “We couldn’t be happier about this acquisition. We believe in the growth of Henderson and Green Valley, as well as the continued prosperity within the Medical and professional office industries. With the acceleration of economic and business growth in the Las Vegas area, we are excited to add this property to our portfolio and continue to be a top tier space provider in the community.” The timing of this acquisition is perfect for Jordan Wirsz and Savant, as the entire Las Vegas valley is experiencing significant levels of growth. According to Wirsz, Savant expects to quickly fill all remaining available spaces in the buildings.   ### About Savant Investment Partners - Savant Investment Partners is a Las Vegas, Nevada based commercial real estate investment and development firm, which handles a wide variety of real estate investment matters for its principal, Jordan Wirsz.   Savant Investment Partners can be reached by phone at (702) 474-3003 or through the firm’s website http://SavantInvestments.com.


News Article | November 22, 2016
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CALGARY, AB and ARLINGTON, VA--(Marketwired - Nov 22, 2016) - Canada's Integrated Project Delivery Alliance (IPDA) and the Lean Construction Institute (LCI) from the US are pleased to announce the release of "Motivation and Means: How and Why Lean and IPD Lead to Success," a set of jointly sponsored case studies on projects utilizing Lean and IPD. These cases demonstrate how new and innovative practices, techniques, and strategies made a significant difference in project outcomes. It explores ten projects from around the US and Canada: four Healthcare projects, two Medical Office Buildings, and four Office Buildings, including both new and renovation. Project scopes range from $9.6M to $119M. All projects utilized an integrated form of agreement and employed Lean design and construction techniques. Each project case study provides a detailed deep dive in 24 areas across five major categories: Context, Legal + Commercial, Leadership and Management, Processes and Lean, Alignment and Goals, and Building Outcomes. The interactive pdf report is structured to facilitate navigation and comparison between projects, allowing the reader to easily compare takeaways and lessons learned from one project to the next in every area. The seven-person research team was led by the University of Minnesota and included researchers from the University of Washington and University of British Columbia. From the report's Executive Summary: "The overall findings are consistent with the larger body of research showing that teams using IPD and Lean are more reliable in terms of the schedule and cost and in meeting the owner's goals. This research adds to the evidence of effectiveness of IPD and Lean, and by documenting positive examples in a systematic and rigorous manner, begins to identify the motivations and mechanisms for collaboration that are key to project success. Our major finding was a striking uniformity of success for all the teams in this study, regardless of project type, scope, geographic location, or previous experience with IPD and Lean. The second finding was that the powerful complementary strength of IPD and Lean supports success." Another major finding from this study is how critical the team is in driving positive project outcomes: team dynamics, team integration, alignment of goals, and timely decision all critically impact project performance. LCI and IPDA are excited about this robust addition to the body of design and construction industry research around Lean and IPD. For more on the research findings, and to download a copy of the report, please visit the LCI website at www.leanconstruction.org/learning and the IPDA website at www.ipda.ca/research-performance/case-studies/. Media Contact for Case Studies Project: Questions about the project may be directed to Renee Cheng AIA (University of Minnesota) at rcheng@umn.edu, Markku Allison AIA (IPDA) at president@ipda.ca, and Dan Heinemeier (LCI) danh@leanconstruction.org. About Lean Construction Institute Founded in 1997, LCI is a non-profit, membership-based organization with a vision to transform the built environment through Lean implementation. With common language, fundamental principles and basic practices, LCI aims to increase stakeholder satisfaction and project delivery value. The design and construction industry's productivity level has remained nearly stagnant in 50 years as other industry's thrive, but LCI sets out to improve the industry by facilitating continuous education through their Transforming Design and Construction book series, Lean instructional training courses and the annual LCI Congress and Design Forum. LCI advocates for using a variety of tools and techniques that help promote collaborative planning, waste elimination and work-site safety. For more information, please visit www.leanconstruction.org. About IPDA The Integrated Project Delivery Alliance (IPDA) is a not-for-profit organization founded in February 2015, governed by a board of directors elected by its members. IPDA explores and supports emergent practices demonstrating enhanced industry outcomes and provides a forum for the exchange of knowledge. IPDA's policies and resources are vetted by a diverse group of practitioners including the owner, architectural, engineering and contracting communities of practice. www.ipda.ca.


News Article | February 22, 2017
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Management of supply inventory in a healthcare practice is directly linked to the profitability of the business. But many practices often relegate this task to the bottom of the "to do" list. A new white paper written by the staff at Preferred Therapy Providers, Inc and available on their website, reveals how healthcare business owners can easily manage medical inventory supply and add more profitability to the bottom line. The white paper, "More Revenue: How to Manage Medical Office Supply Inventory, Eliminate Waste, and Reduce Costs" covers the steps to more efficient supply management. "Most healthcare practices don't realize how much money they're leaving on the table," said Steven Allred, PT, President of Preferred Therapy Providers, Inc. "Practice owners that don't have an organized approach to managing inventory can lose hundreds or even thousands of dollars each year. With the current fluctuations in the healthcare industry, there's no room for inefficiencies that can contribute to negative cash flow. This white paper is part of our continuing commitment to find ways to help private practice owners in healthcare thrive." Healthcare practices are businesses and must perform the services they offer while managing productivity, costs and profitability. Devoting the proper amount of time on revenue generating tasks such as patient intake or treating as many patients as possible can be reduced or wasted when systems and processes in the practice are haphazard. With a little planning and organizing of medical supply inventory, unnecessary costs and wasted precious time can be avoided. This white paper covers several topics including how to establish a purchasing policy, how to budget for supplies, how to develop an easy ordering system and how to source and negotiate discounts with vendors. Download a complimentary copy of the white paper by visiting the Resources section of Preferred's website. Founded in 1992, Preferred Therapy Providers, Inc. began in the southwest and has since grown to be one of the largest, centrally managed contract procurement services in the country. Preferred contracts with a variety of payers on both the national and local level including group health and workers compensation, working with fully and self insured payers. The professional contracting team has over fifty years of combined experience. Preferred also collaborates with a select handful of partners who understand how to reduce costs and streamline efficiencies for private practices. These programs are value-added benefits of membership in Preferred's network.

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