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Summit Reflections: Powerful Data and Mindful Metrics

By Angela Brubacher, ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value   “None of us are reliable, yet.” These were the opening remarks of the Center’s John Toussaint, MD at the 6th Annual Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit held in Dallas, TX last month. His statement was both a challenge and an encouragement to over 650 people gathered to […]

Improvement Work Doesn’t Have to Be Daunting

Longtime friend of the Center, Dr. Jack Billi (University of Michigan Health System), has taken the time to show us how improvement work can be easy and straightforward.  In this short six-minute video, he demonstrates how he achieved 100% compliance with hand washing–an important process for all healthcare professionals.  Using the scientific method, he hypothesized, trialed, […]

Making a Case for Healthcare Innovation

A Selected Case Study in Healthcare Innovation and Transformation Looking Beyond Fee for Service by Rachel Regan Program Description: Until now, experiments using alternative payment methods to meet similar objectives have shown mixed results. Wisconsin’s Statewide Value Committee (SVC), a multi-stakeholder group working to accelerate the improvement of the healthcare system, began new discussions to […]

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. […]