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Investigative Report: How Much Hospitals Charge

GREEN BAY – As a cost-conscious consumer, you wouldn’t pay $3 a gallon for gas if across town you could buy it for $2.50. But whether you realize it or not that’s what you’re doing with health care. FOX11 Investigates found hospitalization cost figures, provided by Green Bay’s four hospitals, show a wide range of […]

Discharging Mr. Wood: Time to Get Serious About Waste

Article in Today’s Hospitalist written by David A. Frenz, MD, a hospitalist for HealthEast Care System in St. Paul, Minn., and is board certified in both family and addiction medicine. AMERICANS—both individually and as a nation— spend a boatload on health care. A study in the January 2013 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine pegged annual health […]

Innovation and Best Practices in Health Care Scheduling

In Innovation and Best Practices in Health Care Scheduling, CEOs with experience leading change in five of the nation’s prominent health systems-Denver Health, Geisinger Health System, Kaiser Permanente, ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value, and Seattle Children’s Hospital-describe how they tackled the complex issues surrounding wait times throughout the continuum of care. They review the important forces […]

Shopping for Health Care Makes “Cents” for Consumers

The Health Care Cost Institute published a new data brief that examines trends in out-of-pocket spending at a national and state level, and looks at average differences in consumer prices for a set of five common medical procedures nationally and in nine states: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas, and Wisconsin. With […]

Healthcare Value Network Members Share New Quarterly Results

  Lean Principles and Peer-to-Peer Learning Improve Patient Value Throughout 2014, members of the Healthcare Value Network (HVN) released results of their healthcare improvement efforts. That commitment to transparency now continues into the first quarter of 2015 with the HVN’s latest batch of results on the power of lean principles to drive improvement in care […]

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 […]