ACADEMY TRAINING

Academy Training offers clients in-depth classes presented in a lecture-style format. These online classes instruct end-users on PDS products including PDS iMPower and PDS DASH, and PDS best practices for Patient Access, Denials Management, Benchmarking, and more. We also offer Academy Training Courses on other leading analytics platforms such as IBM Cognos, MicroStrategy, and Tableau.

The class offerings range from beginner classes for new users just learning the tools or those who need a refresher, to advanced classes for users looking to learn the advanced functionality of PDS solutions. Best practices in Excel, web-based dashboard design, reporting, and PDS data sets are examples of the topics covered. Our specific class areas of focus change quarterly and are listed in each Academy Training class description below.

*A PDS product license is required to attend Academy Training. 

WORKSHOPS

Our online Workshops provide a high-level overview and understanding of Practical Data Solutions (PDS) products and specific trends in data analytics for healthcare organizations. Generally 45 minutes in length, these sessions are designed to acquaint attendees with PDS best practices in data modeling, reporting, and visualization and how to maximize the value of analytic products and solutions.

CUSTOM TRAINING

Custom training is available for new clients as part of implementation, or upon client request. These classes deliver the most in-depth and hands-on experience in the PDS Education Program. Client-specific classes are highly interactive with time allotted for specific exercises using the organization’s data set. We can design a specific curriculum for your organization’s unique needs.

To sign up for classes, or for more information about any of our training programs,
please contact PDS at learning@pds-online.com.

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To sign up for classes, please email:
learning@pds-online.com

June 2024

PDS DASH II – Academy Training*

June 10, 2024 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

This class will cover how to generate Excel-based dashboards using PDS DASH. In Class II, we will discuss the use of summary data sources, examine delete-from-rows functionality in more detail and review the various job functions. We will also work with modifying different Excel templates for use with PDS DASH.

PDS iMPower I – Academy Training*

June 11, 2024 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

Get started with PDS iMPower, our web-based analytics solution powered by the MicroStrategy BI suite, by learning the basics necessary for analyzing data in reports. During Class I, learn to navigate through the tool, create new reports, perform basic report options (sorting, drill-to-detail, working with pivot buttons, page-by, and filtering), and how to export data.

Understanding the PDS Denials Cube – Academy Training*

June 12, 2024 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

This training class explores the PDS Denials Cube. Discover the art of navigating through this cube with ease, as we teach you to efficiently analyze denials counts, denied charges, payments and adjustments after denial, denial lags, and other critical performance metrics impacting collections. To enrich your educational journey, we will explain how these cubes commingle with other components in the PDS solution, allowing you to gain a holistic understanding and elevate your analytical skills. Join us to unleash the full power of these tools.

PDS iMPower II – Academy Training*

June 13, 2024 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

Get started with PDS iMPower, our web-based analytics solution powered by the MicroStrategy BI suite, by learning the basics necessary for analyzing data in reports. Class II will expand on report options with topics including grouping data (derived elements), totals, calculations, and report formatting.

PDS Workshop: Blending Revenue and Expense Data for Performance Improvement

June 18, 2024 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

Join us at this workshop to explore fundamental design principles for crafting impactful dashboards, allowing you to monitor performance against budgets. Through the integration of revenue, expense, and budget data with volume and productivity metrics, learn how to construct robust and informative dashboards. Seamlessly blend metrics to present financial and statistical analyses more effectively, using innovative visualization techniques. Attend this session to glean valuable insights on designing powerful dashboards that help you monitor performance against your budget.

PDS iMPower Visual – Academy Training*

June 20, 2024 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

Get started with PDS iMPower Visual by learning the skills you need to create intuitive, visual web dashboards. Learn to navigate through the visual tool and the key steps to creating picture-perfect dashboards, as well as functions to enhance them with filters and interactive features for quick analysis. Understand the value of combining multiple datasets into a single visual web dashboard to provide the most robust user experience.

PDS Workshop: Performance Opportunity Dashboards – Improving Outcomes and Quantifying ROI

June 21, 2024 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

This workshop will teach you how to quickly build insightful Performance Opportunity Dashboards to pinpoint inefficiencies and effectively communicate performance gaps. You’ll gain proven methods for building dashboards that highlight the transformative potential of raising the bottom 20% of performers to median standards, whether you’re comparing physicians, staff, clinics, or quality measures. The workshop will show you how to quantify these performance gaps and calculate the ROI of closing them. Additionally, you’ll learn how to leverage the PDS Dashboard Library to create compelling performance visualizations that tell a complete story.

PDS Workshop: Understanding PDS DASH Concepts

June 24, 2024 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

PDS DASH makes quick work of your dashboarding needs. Leveraging metrics from your existing analytics or reporting tools, you can quickly create and automate visual dashboards ready for publication and distribution. Topics include an overview of PDS DASH, building a PDS DASH project, understanding the different types of data sources, and automating various report creation tasks. In addition, learn how the PDS DASH library can jumpstart building new engaging dashboards.

Understanding the PDS Appointment Scheduling Cube – Academy Training*

June 25, 2024 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

This training class explores the PDS Appointment Scheduling Cube. Become proficient in navigating through this cube, as we teach you to efficiently identify gaps in patient access, understanding no-show and cancellation probabilities, location and visit-type capacity issues, and how overbooking and blocked schedules can impact accuracy in patient access reporting. See how this cube complements other elements in the PDS solution, offering you a well-rounded perspective and boosting your analytical capabilities. Ready to explore the full potential of these powerful tools? Join us today!

Stacking PDS DASH Projects – Academy Training*

June 26, 2024 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

If the data sources that create your dashboards need to be manually manipulated before being utilized, attend this training to understand how PDS DASH projects can be combined to simplify your data preparation process. Learn how to create one PDS DASH project that can be utilized as a data source for another PDS DASH project.

PDS iMPower Advanced – Academy Training*

June 27, 2024 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

Whether you are a new or existing PDS iMPower professional user, this Academy Training will cover the topics needed to create advanced reports. Understand how to create non-cube reports and utilize advanced filters. Learn to create prompts that allow users to filter reports on the fly easily. Custom groups will be reviewed, which allows you to group attributes with various criteria to bring report creation to the next level. A variety of advanced formatting options are also covered, including advanced thresholds that will provide the flexibility to personalize reports based on an attribute or metric qualification.

July 2024

PDS iMPower I – Academy Training*

July 9, 2024 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

Get started with PDS iMPower, our web-based analytics solution powered by the MicroStrategy BI suite, by learning the basics necessary for analyzing data in reports. During Class I, learn to navigate through the tool, create new reports, perform basic report options (sorting, drill-to-detail, working with pivot buttons, page-by, and filtering), and how to export data.

PDS Workshop: Leveraging HCCs to Improve Care

July 10, 2024 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

Understanding care gaps for patients with chronic conditions is a key goal of best-practice medicine. To maximize quality by leveraging Hierarchical Condition Categories (HCCs), focused analytics is critical to understanding patient populations, conditions, and performance gaps. In this workshop, you will learn how the PDS HCC Revenue and Care Insights provide timely analytics to enhance patient care while maximizing revenue using CMS HCC utilization, appointment, and wellness visit data.

PDS iMPower II – Academy Training*

July 11, 2024 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

Get started with PDS iMPower, our web-based analytics solution powered by the MicroStrategy BI suite, by learning the basics necessary for analyzing data in reports. Class II will expand on report options with topics including grouping data (derived elements), totals, calculations, and report formatting.

PDS Workshop: Integrating Hospital and Professional Revenue Cycle Data

July 12, 2024 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

Join us in this workshop to explore the PDS Hospital Revenue Cycle analytics solution. Gain insights into methods for integrating facility data and professional billing data to conduct thorough analysis and generate comprehensive reports. We’ll discuss the distinctions and commonalities between professional and facility revenue cycle data within the PDS suite of solutions and discover ways to optimize reporting across your entire health system utilizing PDS tools.

PDS DASH I – Academy Training*

July 15, 2024 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

This class will cover how to generate Excel-based dashboards using PDS DASH. Topics for Class I include a review of PDS DASH functions, project components, and data source requirements. We will review the concept of Excel templates, index requirements, detail data sources, and the use of cross-references. We will also create sample PDS DASH projects and generate dashboards.

Enhancing the PDS iMPower Experience – Academy Training*

July 16, 2024 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

Refresh your skills and learn some of the most important PDS iMPower functions to enhance how you interact with and create reports. We will review key functions such as page-by, pivot buttons and merge/lock rows, which can simplify your reports. In addition, the class will cover how to use existing attributes for better reporting by working with filter forms, rolling months and attribute forms, to name just a few.

PDS DASH II – Academy Training*

July 17, 2024 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

This class will cover how to generate Excel-based dashboards using PDS DASH. In Class II, we will discuss the use of summary data sources, examine delete-from-rows functionality in more detail and review the various job functions. We will also work with modifying different Excel templates for use with PDS DASH.

PDS iMPower Visual – Academy Training*

July 18, 2024 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

Get started with PDS iMPower Visual by learning the skills you need to create intuitive, visual web dashboards. Learn to navigate through the visual tool and the key steps to creating picture-perfect dashboards, as well as functions to enhance them with filters and interactive features for quick analysis. Understand the value of combining multiple datasets into a single visual web dashboard to provide the most robust user experience.

PDS Workshop: Utilizing Benchmarks for Performance Perspective

July 19, 2024 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

Incorporating benchmarks into existing productivity reports can be a powerful tool for providing context for productivity goals and driving organizational performance. This workshop will explore various benchmark types and provide guidance on when to apply them. We’ll look at how to integrate benchmarks into dashboards to quickly identify performance trends and implement strategies for driving continuous improvement.

PDS DASH: Key Steps to Creating New Dashboards – Academy Training*

July 23, 2024 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

PDS DASH makes quick work of your dashboarding needs. Leveraging metrics from your existing analytics or reporting tools, you can quickly create, publish, and automate professional-looking dashboards ready for publication or distribution. Topics include an overview of PDS DASH, how to build a PDS DASH project, the key components of a PDS DASH project, and essential steps for creating a new dashboard.

PDS iMPower Prompted Reports – Academy Training*

July 24, 2024 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

Empower your users by creating flexible, prompted reports. A prompted report can easily guide any user through a series of questions, allowing them to get the results they desire without submitting a report request. In addition, prompted reports can minimize the number of reports that need to be created and managed. The training will include a review of the different prompt types and how-to steps for applying the prompts to reports, as well as a review of key items to remember when creating prompted reports.

PDS Workshop: Patient Experience Analytics for Data-Driven Practices

July 25, 2024 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

PDS Patient Experience Analytics can help organizations to enhance overall patient satisfaction. By leveraging key performance metrics such as Patient Survey, Patient Access, Call Center, and Staff Engagement you can strategically understand where to improve care delivery to increase patient loyalty and cultivate positive patient reviews. Improving patient experience leads to higher quality of care, increases patient volume, and drives better financial outcomes. Come join us to learn more about how these powerful data sets can help you improve care and increase patient satisfaction within your practice.

PDS Workshop: Uncover Insights: PDS Dashboard Library for Integrated KPIs

July 26, 2024 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

Join this workshop to discover how to create impactful dashboards blending KPIs from different data sets to support your organization’s goals. You’ll gain insights into creating new dashboards or refreshing your existing ones by leveraging examples in the PDS Dashboard Library. This workshop is suitable for beginners eager to explore the benefits of this powerful resource, as well as for experienced dashboard designers in search of new ideas. The PDS Dashboard Library includes metrics, content, and examples of KPIs relevant to your organization and various specialty practices.

PDS Workshop: Impactful Visualizations with PDS iMPower

July 29, 2024 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

Many customers are unaware of the powerful visualization module embedded within the current PDS iMPower software. Come and learn about the robust visualization capabilities of PDS iMPower Visual that can transform your current dashboards into dynamic, interactive analytics. Understand how to get started with this comprehensive visualization tool that is part of the PDS iMPower solution.

PDS Workshop: An Incremental Approach to Improved Physician Compensation Reporting

July 30, 2024 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

Did you know that many PDS clients utilize the PDS tools in a variety of ways to calculate, automate, and present physician compensation reports? In this workshop, evaluate your current compensation processes and identify incremental gains to be made. We will explore the PDS Dashboard Library and the use of PDS DASH and PDS iMPower. We will also gain insight into the functionality of PDS PhyComp. Come learn more about how you can start improving your physician compensation reporting.

Navigating PDS Transaction & Utilization Analytics – Academy Training*

July 31, 2024 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

This training class explores PDS Transaction, Daily Transaction, and Utilization Cubes. Discover the art of navigating through these cubes with ease as we teach you to adeptly analyze charges, payments, adjustments, procedures, diagnoses, RVUs, and more. Learn how these various KPIs can easily be transformed into dynamic visualizations. To enhance your learning experience, we will also illuminate how the PDS cubes are complementary and provide a holistic view of your revenue cycle, enriching your analytical capabilities. Join us to unlock the full potential of these powerful tools.

August 2024

PDS Workshop: PDS Analytics: Reimbursement and Collection Essentials

August 8, 2024 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

Discover how the PDS revenue cycle cubes can assist to ensure the financial well-being of your organization. This workshop will explore the PDS Accounts Receivable, Denial Recovery, and Reimbursement cubes, giving attendees an understanding of how these cubes integrate into PDS revenue cycle analytics. Uncover how these data sets blend together and augment each other by analyzing open A/R and credit balances, A/R aging, denied charges, denial recoveries, matched payments, collection rates, key reimbursement ratios, and much more. Join us for this overview session to gain insight into these core PDS data sets.

PDS iMPower Visual – Academy Training*

August 9, 2024 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

Get started with PDS iMPower Visual by learning the skills you need to create intuitive, visual web dashboards. Learn to navigate through the visual tool and the key steps to creating picture-perfect dashboards, as well as functions to enhance them with filters and interactive features for quick analysis. Understand the value of combining multiple datasets into a single visual web dashboard to provide the most robust user experience.

PDS DASH I – Academy Training*

August 13, 2024 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

This class will cover how to generate Excel-based dashboards using PDS DASH. Topics for Class I include a review of PDS DASH functions, project components, and data source requirements. We will review the concept of Excel templates, index requirements, detail data sources, and the use of cross-references. We will also create sample PDS DASH projects and generate dashboards.

PDS iMPower Advanced – Academy Training*

August 14, 2024 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

Whether you are a new or existing PDS iMPower professional user, this Academy Training will cover the topics needed to create advanced reports. Understand how to create non-cube reports and utilize advanced filters. Learn to create prompts that allow users to filter reports on the fly easily. Custom groups will be reviewed, which allows you to group attributes with various criteria to bring report creation to the next level. A variety of advanced formatting options are also covered, including advanced thresholds that will provide the flexibility to personalize reports based on an attribute or metric qualification.

PDS DASH II – Academy Training*

August 15, 2024 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

This class will cover how to generate Excel-based dashboards using PDS DASH. In Class II, we will discuss the use of summary data sources, examine delete-from-rows functionality in more detail and review the various job functions. We will also work with modifying different Excel templates for use with PDS DASH.

Navigating PDS Reimbursement & Lag Analytics – Academy Training*

August 16, 2024 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

This training class explores the PDS Reimbursement and Lag Cubes. Discover the art of easily navigating through these cubes as we teach you to analyze matched payments, collection rates, reimbursement per procedure, and time to payment, among other key payer reimbursement KPIs. Expand your knowledge base and learn how these cubes and reports integrate with other components in the PDS solution. Join us to gain a comprehensive view and enhance your analytical capabilities using these powerful tools.

PDS iMPower I – Academy Training*

August 19, 2024 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

Get started with PDS iMPower, our web-based analytics solution powered by the MicroStrategy BI suite, by learning the basics necessary for analyzing data in reports. During Class I, learn to navigate through the tool, create new reports, perform basic report options (sorting, drill-to-detail, working with pivot buttons, page-by, and filtering), and how to export data.

PDS Workshop: Power Payer Performance with PDS Contract Analyzer

August 20, 2024 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

Learn how this insightful PDS module can help you evaluate payer compliance against negotiated fee schedules, benchmark contract reimbursement, and model proposed fees. PDS Contract Analyzer brings together historical utilization data with current and proposed payer fee schedules. This workshop explores the PDS Contract Analyzer functionality, allowing attendees to gain a better understanding of the value of this powerful offering.

PDS iMPower II – Academy Training*

August 21, 2024 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

Get started with PDS iMPower, our web-based analytics solution powered by the MicroStrategy BI suite, by learning the basics necessary for analyzing data in reports. Class II will expand on report options with topics including grouping data (derived elements), totals, calculations, and report formatting.

PDS Workshop: An Introduction to PDS for New Users

August 22, 2024 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

Embark on a journey of discovery with this engaging workshop, perfect for new users, managers, and executives looking to discover the power of the PDS suite of tools. Uncover the robust features and functions that enhance reporting, visualization, and information distribution. Whether you are a casual user or new to PDS, this session will fast-track your understanding by introducing essential terminology and strategic insights. Don’t miss the opportunity to unlock the full potential of PDS solutions and transform your analytics strategy.

PDS Workshop: Designing Effective Budget Performance Dashboards

August 23, 2024 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

Join us at this workshop to explore essential design principles for developing impactful dashboards that enable you to monitor performance against your budget. By integrating revenue, expense, and budget data with volume and productivity metrics, you can create more robust dashboards. You’ll learn visualization techniques to seamlessly blend metrics and effectively present financial and statistical analyses. Attend this session to gain valuable insights on how to design powerful dashboards that help you monitor performance against your budget.

PDS Workshop: Delivering Dashboards with PDS Portal and PDS Distributor

August 26, 2024 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

There are two main tools for delivering PDS DASH dashboards: PDS Portal and PDS Distributor. Learn how these tools can push reports via email or publish dashboards via the web for quick access by users. Understand how dashboards can be emailed, moved to folders, or published and “announced.” Learn how PDS Distributor can add significant value to other web distribution portals such as Microsoft SharePoint. The ability to provide reports from PDS iMPower or Cognos Analytics for distribution with PDS Portal is also discussed.

PDS DASH ~ Leveraging Power Features – Academy Training*

August 27, 2024 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

This training showcases power features that deliver significant value to PDS DASH. Understand how to take advantage of advanced functions and learn powerful, time-saving tips with this Academy Training. Key PDS DASH concepts include delete rows, summary, and common data sources and jobs. Polish your dashboards with techniques on how to bring attention to the key metrics and data fluctuations. We will review best practices for handling various data source structures. Learn how to bring your dashboards to the next level, how to create enhanced visually interactive dashboards, and how to add more details to your existing dashboards.

PDS iMPower Report-on-Report – Academy Training*

August 28, 2024 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

Do you need help with those complex user requests like “Find all patients who had CPT 99381 in January and report on all additional procedures since then” or “Patients who had a surgery visit and did not have a follow-up within three months”? Then Report-on-Report training is for you! Learn how to create a report as a filter for another report. The class will walk through several scenarios for you to learn the key steps to creating these advanced reports. Perfect for “who had this but did or didn’t have that” type of reporting.

Optimized PDS iMPower Web Reports for End Users – Academy Training*

August 29, 2024 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

Learn how to design, optimize, and deliver effective reports and visual dashboards. Understand how PDS iMPower Reporter licenses can extend the functionality of your solution with self-service, guided analytics. Empower your end-users to gain insights simply and efficiently.

Navigating PDS Accounts Receivable Analytics – Academy Training*

August 30, 2024 1:00 pm Eastern (NYC)

This training class explores the PDS Accounts Receivable Cubes. Understand how to navigate these cubes, while learning how to easily analyze A/R balances, A/R Aging, credit balances, and other best-practice KPIs. Enrich your education by learning how these cubes blend with other components in the PDS solution to provide a comprehensive view and enrich your analytical prowess. Ready to explore the full potential of these powerful tools? Join us today!


*A PDS product license is required to attend Academy Training. 

To sign up for classes, or for more information about any of our training programs,
please contact PDS at learning@pds-online.com.