Higher Thinking

Quick, timely blog posts. Thought-provoking trends. How-to guides and in-depth case studies. Use this page to explore all of our best thinking on US healthcare delivery, plus the occasional news from our firm. Find something that inspires or troubles you? Contact us any time – we’d love to be your thought partner in delivering more accessible, sustainable, and equitable healthcare. >>

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Why the Post-Acute Crisis Is Acutely Troubling for Hospitals

Nursing homes are facing unprecedented staffing challenges in 2023 – with big implications for hospitals.
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Public Health Workforce Strategies: the Ascendient Guide

All of healthcare is facing workforce issues, but public health may have it worst of all. We outline a few strategies, both near- and long term.
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A Supportive Solution for Public Health Burnout

See why better administrative support may be the key to reducing burnout among professional staff in local health departments.
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The Future of Public Health: 5 Questions for the Experts

Two experts from the de Beaumont Foundation share their views on the future public health, based on their landmark study.
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Healthcare Consulting Partnerships: 3 Executive Testimonials

Three healthcare leaders in a variety of roles discuss Ascendient's value as a long-term partner.
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Physician Alignment: Watch Out for Corporate Competitors

Corporate buyers are snapping up physician practices at a record pace. Here are 4 implications for hospitals' physician alignment strategy.
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Strategic Planning for Hospitals: Why Worry About the Surge

Lately we've seen record interest in our strategic planning services for hospitals – and that could be a bad sign for the U.S. healthcare system.
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Recruiting Healthcare Professionals: The Ascendient Guide

In this detailed report, we show you how to implement a recruitment plan that accounts for maintenance, compliance, and growth.
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Corporations Are Betting Big on Value-Based Care

Companies are investing billions in value-based care – a good sign for healthcare transformation but a potential problem for traditional providers.
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Physician Assistants: the Future of Team-Based Care?

Physician assistants can help relieve the looming physician shortage, but only when they're allowed to practice at the top of their license.
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Ascendient Welcomes Joann Anderson

After decades as a hospital CEO & board member, Joann Anderson is now offering consulting services in healthcare leadership and rural operations.
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Smart Physician Recruiting: Is Balance the Ultimate Benefit?

Be sure your physician recruitment strategy recognizes that doctors need to unplug & have a life. That's key to smart physician recruiting.

Could Amazon Affect Your Revenue…and Provider Planning?

Healthcare provider recruitment could get trickier – and costlier – as corporate giants like Amazon move into the space.

Rethinking Recruitment [VIDEO]

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