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2016 State Price Transparency Report Card is Released

July 25, 2016 Review of Laws Shows Progress with Much Room for Improvement Most states could be doing more to give consumers the price information they need for making educated health care choices, according to an annual report card released by two independent health policy organizations. The report not only identifies the states failing at health […]

Population Health News Interviews Stephen Shortell

Population Health News conducted an interview with the Center for Healthcare Organizational Innovation Research (CHOIR) Director Stephen Shortell to discuss integrated care delivery systems, care quality and population health management, patient engagement, and organizational partnerships. Dr. Shortell serves as a board member for the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value. Download the full interview here.

UCSF to Train Residents in Lean Management and Process Improvement

Original article posted at By Laura Kurtzman on July 13, 2016 UC San Francisco will train medical residents and fellows in Lean management principles, as part of a broader institutional commitment to continuous quality improvement. The effort is being supported in part with a grant from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) […]

Using “Lean” Lawn-mowers to Create Leaner Healthcare

Originally posted at KPMG. Twice a month, every month, 30 healthcare chief executives descend on a non-descript office block in Appleton, Wisconsin. They are drawn from countries around the world, united by a common desire: to understand how a health system took principles used by a local snow blower and lawn-mower manufacturer and used them […]

How Health Care Systems Can Effectively Manage Process

John Toussaint, MD, published this article in the NEJM online journal Catalyst describing the lean management system. The article explains how the management system supports front line workers, including physicians, to identify and solve problems every day. This management system is in contrast to an opinion piece in the NEJM in January that described the Toyota Production […]

ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value Welcomes New Human Resources Director

Appleton, Wis. (June 1, 2016) — The ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value recently hired Human Resources Director Peter Mariahazy, who will be responsible for human resources and technology for the Center. “This is a new position for us, and we are so excited to have Peter take the lead,” said Kim Barnas, president of the […]

Paying For Value: Perspective From The Front Lines

By: Denis Cortese, John Toussaint, David Krueger, and Robert Smoldt as posted at the Health Affairs Blog. May 24, 2016 The concept of value-based health care is rapidly gaining traction in the U.S., yet implementation remains a significant challenge. For example, the current Medicare “shared savings” payment approach penalizes high-value providers, while rewarding historical inefficiency. Read the full article […]

ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value Welcomes Chris Weisbrod, Manager of the Healthcare Value Network

Appleton, Wis. (May 11, 2016) — Chris Weisbrod, former administrative director of surgical subspecialties at Akron Children’s Hospital in Ohio, has joined the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value as manager of the Healthcare Value Network (HVN), a peer-to-peer learning community of more than 60 healthcare organizations across the US and Canada. He will be responsible […]

Mending Management Part II – Improving Customer Value By Transforming Healthcare Operations

In Part II of Mending Management (in the March/April issue of the Physician Leadership Journal), John S. Toussaint, MD, author of Management on the Mend, outlines how human resources, information technology and finance are integral to creating a new operating system that will transform all health care operations. We call the new operating system lean health […]

Management on the Mend Earns Shingo Research Award

Book honored for expanding knowledge of executive management leadership Appleton, Wis. (May 4, 2016) — Management on the Mend: The Healthcare Executive Guide to System Transformation, a book published by the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value, has earned the esteemed Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award. “This book should light a fire with healthcare executives […]