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Why Process Is U.S. Health Care’s Biggest Problem

by John S. Toussaint & Kathryn Correia MARCH 19, 2018   Executive Summary A lot of money has been spent on information technology in health care with little to show for it. When it comes to change, the technology is the easiest part. Most health systems in America have or are implementing the EHR. And the vendor processes for […]

One Proven Way to Improve U.S. Health Care: Expand Medicare Advantage

In order to transform the healthcare industry, it is imperative that we focus on three interdependent components: care delivery, payment models, and transparency. Payment transformation is a key component of healthcare improvement. The present payment system, which rewards providers for over-utilization, is seriously flawed. The more procedures we do or patients we see, the more […]

What the CVS-Aetna Deal Means for the Delivery of U.S. Health Care

by John Toussaint, MD December 5, 2017 The landscape for the delivery of health care in the United States is changing, but the traditional care-delivery players are not the change agents. The recent announcement of CVS’s $69 billion deal to acquire Aetna brings an insurer together with a large network of primary care providers: CVS has built […]

Dr. John Toussaint: On Developing Healthcare Leaders

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CEO at Catalysis, Dr John Toussaint, talks about the move towards value-based care and the defining traits of an effective healthcare leader. In the lead up to the Lean Healthcare Summit 2017: Empowering Healthcare Professionals Through Continuous Improvement taking place  in Johannesburg on 7th September, keynote speaker and CEO at Catalysis (formerly ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value), Dr John Toussaint, talks about the move […]

Insights from Leading a Lean Healthcare Revolution

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In the latest article from Exploring Forward-Thinking Workplaces, Bill Fox interviewed John Toussaint, MD and CEO of Catalysis. Fox created “Insights from Leading a Lean Healthcare Revolution,” based on the information Dr. Toussaint shared regarding his experience adapting and implementing lean methodologies at hospitals and health systems around the world. We are pleased to share […]

Get Innovative: A Message for Hospitals and Healthcare Systems

During my tenure as a hospital CEO, one hurdle often seemed insurmountable: getting leaders and staff across the organization to think like innovators. Many leaders suffer from behavioral tendencies and management styles that don’t naturally allow for innovative thinking. Decades of adhering to regulations, organizational procedures and healthcare mandates hinder the ability (or desire) to […]

Five Changes Great Leaders Make to Develop an Improvement Culture

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Optimizing leadership skills is more important than ever, given a fast-changing health care environment rife with competitive new services such as CVS MinuteClinics, virtual second-opinion specialty shops, and offshore 24-hour radiology reading services. To adapt, and survive, organizations must take advantage of every bit of institutional talent. But this can happen only if leaders first […]

The Affordable Care Act Has Saved Hospitals More Than $12 Billion in Healthcare Spend – Don’t Repeal It

John Toussaint, MD, Contributor at The Huffington Post CEO of Catalysis, CEO emeritus of ThedaCare President Donald Trump addressed a joint session of the United States Congress on February 28. There, among many other campaign topics, he spoke of the need to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act also known as Obamacare. On March 6, […]

Why Best Practices Fail to Spread

By John S. Toussaint, MD, and Montgomery “Monk” Elmer, MD The spread of “best practices” is important in today’s rapidly evolving health care landscape where quality and outcomes matter more than ever. However, spread can be incredibly difficult to achieve. One of us (Dr. Toussaint) has visited and observed 174 health care systems in 17 countries. Almost every one of these […]