Our Innovation

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A New Movement in Health Begins Here

By fostering an environment that embraces innovation, we’re able to accomplish amazing things. Leveraging new technologies. Introducing new treatments. Developing new facilities. And creating new healthcare solutions for our patients, physicians and employees.

See below to read more about what we're doing to drive care innovations:

Tenet Prepares For 2017 Enrollment Program

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As we approach the fourth open enrollment period, Tenet’s health insurance enrollment education and outreach program will soon be available in all U.S. markets Tenet serves. The initiative will aim to raise awareness and understanding of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), as well as the insurance options available for those currently without insurance or looking to change plans.

Tenet’s enrollment program works in communities to offer educational materials and resources about the insurance exchanges and the ACA to help simplify the law and educate community members. 

Since the inception of the enrollment campaign, more than 249,000 (Medicaid and exchange) more Americans have been enrolled. 

Palmetto General Hospital Installs Emergency Lights on Stroke Neurologist's Car

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The typical patient loses 1.9 million neurons, or brain cells, each minute a stroke is untreated. That is why Dr. Ritesh Kaushal, an interventional neurologist and director of the Comprehensive Stroke Center at Palmetto General Hospital, is in a race against time as he travels to the hospital. Understanding the severity, Palmetto took action and partnered with the city of Hialeah police and fire departments to install emergency lights in Dr. Kaushal’s car.

In an effort to further improve patient outcomes, EMS now calls Dr. Kaushal directly from the patient’s house, instead of calling when they arrive at the hospital, saving another 15 to 20 minutes needed for him to reach the stoke patient.

These steps have already begun to prove effective for Dr. Kaushal’s commute time in a traffic-heavy Florida. Palmetto’s innovative approach allows their stroke patients to have a better chance of experiencing a quick recovery and resuming a normal life.

Tenet's Detroit Medical Center Recognized for Top Performance Among Medicare Pioneer ACOs

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Tenet Healthcare Corporation's Michigan Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) generated an estimated savings of nearly $17 million in its third performance year, making it the most successful Pioneer ACO in 2014 for benchmark savings improvement.

The Michigan Pioneer ACO is affiliated with Tenet’s Detroit Medical Center and is one of only 19 organizations nationally participating in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) accountable care initiative. This initiative is designed to achieve CMS’s “triple aim” of providing more coordinated care to Medicare beneficiaries at a lower cost to the Medicare program, while achieving rigorous quality standards. The Michigan Pioneer ACO yielded nearly $39 million of savings over a three-year period, during which time the ACO also experienced consecutive year-over-year improvement in quality results.

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San Antonio Stroke Survivors Pay it Forward

A stroke is a life-threatening medical event.  For survivors, the side effects can be life-changing. That’s why St. Luke’s Baptist Hospital in San Antonio has launched an innovative Stroke Peer Mentor Program, which teams up stroke survivors with people in rehabilitation to provide comprehensive healing and hope. The hospital’s trained stroke volunteers listen, provide insight, and help instill hope for the future, from visits in hospital rehab to follow-ups after discharge. Watch the video to learn more.

A New Path for Neurology

The first in the state of Florida and among the first in the nation to use the new NICO BrainPath System for neurosurgery, Delray Medical Center physicians use this innovative method to remove blockages or abnormalities such as tumors and hemorrhages in the brain through a minimally invasive approach. Using high-definition imaging, surgeons can access targeted areas of the brain that they otherwise would not have access to — now they can remove abnormalities through openings as small as a dime. The procedure combines both existing technology such as imaging and GPS navigation and new technology such as the BrainPath System to safely move through the delicate fibers of the brain, reducing complications and recovery time.

DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital Nurse Nationally Recognized as Outstanding Clinician

Congratulations to Kirsten Roberts, MSN-Ed, RN, for being selected as the 2014 National Magnet Nurse of the Year in the Empirical Outcomes category by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Roberts, who works at the Detroit Medical Center (DMC) Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital, was honored for her initiatives to improve the care and outcomes for heart failure patients using cardiac rehabilitation.

Roberts conducted a study on the impact of cardiac rehab for heart failure patients and found that patients who participated in the program had a significant reduction in hospital readmissions along with improved quality of life.

“This is a huge honor for Kris and it speaks volumes about the impact she has had here for patients in our hospital,” said Deborah Brennan, RN, DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital Magnet Program Manager. “As nurses, we work to provide the highest quality outcomes while also providing excellent customer satisfaction. Kris exemplifies these qualities on a daily basis and receives support for her ongoing efforts from the leadership team at DMC.”

Roberts received the award at the 2014 National Magnet Nursing Conference in Dallas, Texas on October 9, 2014. The American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) National Magnet Nurse of the Year® awards program recognizes the outstanding contributions of clinical nurses for innovation, consultation, leadership, and professional risk taking.

“We are so very proud of Kris, not only for providing excellent care to her patients but also for her innovation, leadership and passion to find ways to improve care,” says Anna J. Kiger, DNP, DSc, MBA, RN, Chief Nurse Officer and VP of Patient Care Services at Tenet Healthcare.

DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital has been recognized as a Magnet Hospital since 2009. 

Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)

Tenet’s accountable care networks have joined over 9,500 physicians in local care delivery organizations that strive to:

  • improve quality, efficiency and coordination of care

  • increase collaboration and alignment among physicians and hospitals

  • establish innovative relationships with physicians, payers, employers and patients

We are engaged in nearly 80 value-based contracts with the nation’s leading health care purchasers. Our value-based contracts include 73 commercial payer agreements and nine* Medicare ACO programs, serving more than 670,000 individuals. These arrangements are structured to deliver an improved, more comprehensive care experience at a lower cost by accessing resources and best practices from across the company and rewarding physicians and hospitals for quality care improvements. Tenet provides the clinical and operational infrastructure, as well as payer contracting best practices to enable the success of the ACOs.

Through our ACO strategy, we are proud to be recognized as a national leader in care innovation and to help people in the communities we serve live happier, healthier lives.

*including two Medicare ACO programs in Tucson and Birmingham slated to go live 1/1/16