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U.S. The Mass Distribution of Covid-19 Vaccines Is Under Way. ‘Everything Has to Come Together.’

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Trucks filled with Covid-19 vaccine vials pulled out of Pfizer Inc.’s Kalamazoo, Mich., production plant on Sunday morning, part of one of the largest mass mobilizations since the country’s factories were repurposed to help fight World War II. The effort to vaccinate the nation relies on chemists, factory workers, truck drivers, pilots, data scientists, bureaucrats, pharmacists and health-care workers. It […]

A Nursing Researcher’s Experience in a COVID-19 Vaccine Trial

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I was scrolling through Instagram in early August 2020 when I saw an advertisement that caught my attention. Usually, I swipe past these without a second glance, but this was for the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine trial. It was recruiting participants for the highly publicized phase 3 trial of a new vaccine, BNT162b2, that […]

The average cost of a hospital COVID-19 test in each state

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The cost of getting a standard COVID-19 test at hospitals varies drastically by state, according to a nationwide study conducted by Hospital Pricing Specialists. For the analysis, Hospital Pricing Specialists reviewed billing data from 2,862 hospitals across the U.S. to determine the average price of a nasal swab COVID-19 test. The claims reviewed had the Current […]

Notes on COVID-19 Vaccine Planning

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Below is Information from our latest COVID vaccine sharing session by network members: • The use of the Project Management Office and the Process Improvement teams to design and adjust new workflows are going great • Will need to stagger inoculating staff in case of adverse reaction • Inoculate staff at the end of their […]

Podcast, The Lens – 18. Designing the Future of Healthcare

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            A panel of Catalysis faculty members, including: Ted Toussaint, Adam Ward, and Pete Knox join us to discuss new care model development and why this thinking is the future of healthcare delivery. New care models must be designed to meet the needs of the future healthcare environment. Process improvement […]

How the Biden Administration Can Make a Public Option Work

By: John S. Toussaint , George Halvorson , Laurence Kotlikoff , Richard Scheffler , Stephen M. Shortell , Peter Wadsworth and Gail Wilensky   Under a plan proposed by President-elect Joe Biden’s camp, Obamacare would be expanded to include a “public option” health plan. Anyone without insurance could be automatically enrolled. In addition, people younger […]

Podcast, The Lens – 17. How to Operationalize a Principle- Based Approach to Change.

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            Dr. Jeff Thompson, CEO Emeritus with the Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, WI, and Catalysis Board member, discusses the importance of culture and principles in effective and sustainable organizational change. As well as the steps necessary to operationalizing a principle-based approach to culture change and continuous improvement. A […]

“Better Care Plan”: A Public Option Choice

By: George C. Halvorson, Stephen M. Shortell, Laurence Kotlikoff, Elizabeth Mitchell, Richard M. Scheffler, John Toussaint, Peter A. Wadsworth, Gail R. Wilensky The Biden-Harris health care proposal offers a public option plan for the uninsured and for those who prefer it to alternatives for which they are eligible. We strongly support the features and principles […]

Podcast, The Lens – 16. How Cleveland Clinic Engages Caregivers in Continuous Improvement

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            Lisa Yerian, MD, Chief Improvement Officer and Gastrointestinal and Hepatobiliary Pathologist at the Cleveland Clinic, shares about how Cleveland Clinic engaged 52,000 caregivers in a culture of continuous improvement on a quest to deliver safer, more efficient, and more compassionate care. Dr. Yerian also explains how this culture has […]

Integrating a Real-Time Information Framework with Daily Management to Improve Flow and Revenue

By: Lucy Xenophon, MD, MPH and John Toussaint, MD Prodigious streams of data flow to health care providers. Patient-experience comparisons, throughput dashboards, length-of-stay and early-discharge data, rates of hospital-acquired conditions, hand-hygiene compliance, mortality, and readmissions are just a few examples. Often, however, these data do not convey the information that is needed to improve the […]

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