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Medicare Announces its Intention of Moving the “Over 65″ Population Toward a Value Payment Model

HHS has set a goal of tying 30 percent of traditional, or fee-for-service, Medicare payments to quality or value through alternative payment models, such as Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) or bundled payment arrangements by the end of 2016, and tying 50 percent of payments to these models by the end of 2018.  HHS also set […]

Healthcare Value Network Welcomes New Member Valley Health

Valley Health joins healthcare leaders from more than 50 other systems across North America who share a commitment to providing high-quality, cost-effective care through the application of lean concepts. Were honored to welcome Valley Health as our first new member in 2015, said Mike Stoecklein, director of the network. Through the member network, Valley Health […]

Patsy Engel Joins ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value

The ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value welcomes Patsy Engel as education manager. In her new role, Engel will act as faculty for the Lean Management System programs and will lead the development of new products and services geared for healthcare organizations in North America. Engel previously was a director of operations at ThedaCare, a seven-hospital […]

Consumer Reports Evaluates Healthcare Performance in California

Once again, Consumer Reports is evaluating customer satisfaction and hospital performance, this time in California.  Among the survey questions were: Did the doctor listen carefully and spend enough time with the patient? Were test results provided? Were receptionists as courteous and helpful as they should be? And was the patient able to see the doctor within […]

Spreading Lean Thinking to Tanzania

Taking a leap of faith, Michael Grogan decided  to “coach lean thinking in a hospital in one of the poorest, but most interesting countries in the world, Tanzania.”  He’s had support from the lean community, as well.  Michael reflects, “I’m grateful as well for the support we have from the lean community. Five lean coaches have […]

New DVD Video, Moving Beyond Budgeting in Healthcare: How Finance Can Support Operational Excellence

The ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value has released a new 25-minute video, Moving Beyond Budgeting in Healthcare: How Finance Can Support Operational Excellence. Appleton, Wis., January 14, 2015 The DVD video examines two healthcare organizations that have taken steps to reduce waste in their financial planning and provides a professional financial perspective on how to […]

‘America’s Bitter Pill’ Makes Case For Why Health Care Law ‘Won’t Work’

While reporting on the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, journalist Steven Brill was diagnosed with a life-threatening condition that required heart surgery. “There I was: a reporter who had made hospital presidents and hospital executives and health care executives and insurance executives sweat because I asked them all kinds of questions about their salaries […]

Building Better and Smaller at Seattle Children’s

In a recent article by Patricia Moody, she highlights how Seattle Children’s Hospital used “classic supply management, Japanese shop floor methods and 4P to save money, free up clinicians for more bedside care and build its new, smaller facility. That’s right, they got better and smaller!” Read the full article here.    

Clinical Business Intelligence Network Announces New Member

For Immediate Release For more information contact: Nicole Singer (414) 270-3000, ext. 231 CLINICAL BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE NETWORK ANNOUNCES NEW MEMBER  Appleton, Wis. (Dec. 4, 2014) – The Clinical Business Intelligence Network (CBIN) is pleased to announce its newest member, Lee Memorial Health System, located in Southwest Florida. CBIN is a peer-to-peer learning community that […]