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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 […]

Healthcare Leaders to Share Innovations in Care, Payment Reform, and Treatment Transparency

“The current state of healthcare needs a lot of work,” said John Toussaint, MD, Center CEO and CEO emeritus of ThedaCare. “The debate over whether the nation has a sustainable healthcare system is over. Decades of rising costs and poor quality proved it does not.” Read more:    

The Toyota Production System: What Does It Mean, And What Does It Mean For Health Care?

In a new blog post for Health Affairs, the Center’s John Toussaint, MD, joins CMS’ Patrick Conway, MD, and Center Board Member Stephen Shortell of the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, to address claims made in the recent New England Journal of Medicine article, “Medical Taylorism,” that the Toyota Production System and lean healthcare […]

Case Study: Emergency Department (ED) Throughput Improvement Through Lean

By Debbie Goodwin, Salem Health as posted at Mark Graban’s Lean Blog Mark’s Note: Today’s guest post comes via my friends at the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value, who suggested this case study from Salem Health. You might remember my post from 2012 where I shared a video of some of their senior leaders talking about […]

Mending Management: Improving Customer Value by Transforming Operations

By John S. Toussaint, MD as posted at American Association for Physician Leadership AS PHYSICIANS, WE SPENT MOST OF OUR school years focused on learning the science of diagnosis and treatment. We labored to learn the details of how the human body acts as a system, what can go wrong and how the many parts of human […]

7 Ways Lean Principles Can Help Manage Population Health

  It’s an opportune moment for health leaders to focus on ‘Lean’ at a communitywide level, says John Toussaint, M.D., CEO of the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value   March 9, 2016 By John Toussaint, M.D. Lean principles and processes have become important tools for transforming health care delivery, transparency and cost. Yet, while more […]