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More Organizations Set to Explore Value-Based Payment Programs With Medicare

Medicare is expanding its bundled payment program, called Bundled Payments for Care Improvement. Candidates from hospitals and medical groups apply to be a part of the test program and are [financially] rewarded after reducing costs. Currently, there are 243 candidates who have signed up to test the program.  CMS aims to add 4,100 candidates to […]

Dayton Physicians Network Cuts Cost in Payment Trial

Moving away from fee-for-service is widely agreed upon as the only way to improve healthcare value.  Read about the successful outcome of a 3-year trial between Dayton Physicians Network, an oncology group based in Ohio and insurer UnitedHealthcare.   Physicians in the pilot received  bundled payments to cover the cost of their patients’ entire course of […]

Healthcare Value Network Members Share New Quarterly Results

Lean principles and peer-to-peer learning improve patient value Appleton, Wis. (July 29, 2014) — Members of the Healthcare Value Network (HVN) first released results of their latest healthcare improvement efforts in May and are continuing that commitment to transparency by providing a new set of quarterly results on the power of lean principles to drive […]

Claims Databases Help Docs Boost Quality, Lower Costs

John Toussaint M.D. and Stephen Shortell PHD published an article in Healthcare: The Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation. The article describes the power of public reporting and publicly available data sets to drive improvement. Read Modern Healthcare’s summation of the article here.

Spectrum Health Hosts Health Care Leaders

Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, MI hosted a visit June 26-27 for members of the Healthcare Value Network, with a focus on the spread of a continuous improvement culture across the system. The Grand Rapids Business Journal reported on the event with an article titled, “Spectrum Hosts ‘Gemba’ Visit for Health Care Leaders: Hospitals are incorporating the […]

Report to the President on Better Health Care & Lower Costs

In May 2014, The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology issued a Report to the President on Better Health Care and Lower Costs: Accelerating Improvements Through Systems Engineering.  The report discusses “systems engineering” as the approach to improve healthcare. Two organizations that have embraced lean (or “Toyota Production System”, as it is referred to […]

Healthcare Value Network Members Help Transform Healthcare Through Lower Costs and Improved Quality

Lean Principles and Peer-to-Peer Learning Foster Dramatic Results Appleton, Wisconsin (May 15, 2014) — As the healthcare industry continues to pursue transformation, members of the Healthcare Value Network (HVN), a peer-to-peer lean learning community of organizations across the United States and Canada, are leading the charge with innovative change and significant improvements in care quality […]