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New Book, Management on the Mend, Proposes Best Practices for Lean Transformation in Healthcare

Appleton, Wis. (June 9, 2015) — The ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value is excited to release Management on the Mend: The Healthcare Executive Guide to System Transformation, by renowned healthcare leader and Center CEO John Toussaint, MD. The book is Dr. Toussaint’s third and is published by the Center, an education institute for healthcare leaders […]

ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value to Present Back-to-Back Sessions on Lean Practices

The ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value will hold two workshops to give organizations a unique opportunity to learn and practice lean management tools over a four day span: A3 Thinking, July 13-14, and Reduce Your Unplanned Hospital Readmissions, July 15-16. Attendees can first learn and practice the scientific method for daily problem solving in A3 […]

Kim Barnas joins ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value

The ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value welcomes long-time faculty member Kim Barnas to a new full-time role as president. Barnas is based in Appleton to support operations as she joins the leadership team. Her focus is to coach, lead and support Center teams that are working to help healthcare systems committed to: Transforming the patient […]

‘Beyond Heroes’ Earns Shingo Research Award

Beyond Heroes: A Lean Management System for Healthcare, the most recent book from the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value, has earned the prestigious Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award. The award is given annually by The Shingo Institute, a not-for-profit organization that is part of Utah State University. The award recognizes the book’s contribution to […]

Data-sharing Provisions of SGR Fix Will Aid Quality Efforts

By Dr. John Toussaint  | May 2, 2015 With President Barack Obama’s recent signing of legislation repealing the sustainable growth-rate formula for physician compensation and revising the Medicare qualified entity program, doctors will be paying more attention than ever to value. The impact will be profound. Here in Wisconsin, we’ve been privileged to watch it develop from the ground up. […]

Baldwin Healthcare Data Provision Included in Medicare Payment Modernization Bill

ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value CEO: “The significance of this provision is dramatic.” Wednesday, April 15, 2015 WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin applauded the Senate’s bipartisan passage of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 2) by a vote of 92-8, which repeals Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula and […]

Webinar with John Toussaint, MD – May 7

Management on the Mend, A System Approach to Transforming Healthcare Organizations  May 7, 1-2 p.m. CDT While studying and assisting hundreds of organizations transitioning to lean healthcare, Dr. Toussaint witnessed many flaws and triumphs. Those organizations that win – creating better value for patients while removing waste and cost in the system – have senior […]

A Visit to Thedacare: A Mile Deep AND a Mile Wide

Anton Grütter, Lean Institute Africa, shares his observations on a recent visit to ThedaCare, where he “came to the conclusion that lean management at Thedacare is not only a mile deep, but it has also been institutionalised a mile wide in the organisation.” Read more of Anton’s thoughts and observations here: Click here to learn […]