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Category Archives: Healthcare Transformation

Sustaining a Lean Transformation

Posted on by Kim Barnas

Healthcare organizations are radically changing the way they work. They have little choice in the face of declining reimbursements, increased emphasis on value-based payments, consolidation of competitors and the uncertain future of the national healthcare system. In response, many have pursued Lean, which drove initial improvements in their organizations and has benefitted patients (improved quality […]

Atrius Health Changed Their Thinking and Created Value for the Patient

Posted on by CATALYSIS

Ted Toussaint, a healthcare innovation strategist, and Sarah Steinberg, from Atrius Health, discuss innovative work that they led at Atrius, using a variety of modern product development and innovation methods, including lean, lean start up, design thinking, and more to create new “Care in Place” model for home-based patient care that helps reduce trips to […]

A Culture of Improvement at Cleveland Clinic

I had the opportunity to attend a recent meeting at the Cleveland Clinic sponsored by the Catalysis Healthcare Value Network. This was my second exposure to the continuous improvement work at Cleveland Clinic, the first being a session focused on the process improvement in their finance department, two years ago. A lot has changed in […]

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 […]

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 […]

Health Care Cost Institute Adds Price and Utilization Research to Healthy Marketplace Index

Posted on by CATALYSIS

New HCCI research examines health care spending and its components—prices and utilization—in 61 metro areas for three common medical services: knee injections, ACL repair, and full knee replacement surgery. The Healthy Marketplace Index measures the economic performance of health care markets across the country. Read here: http://www.healthcostinstitute.org/healthy-marketplace-index/

FREE Webinar: Five Changes Great Healthcare Leaders Make to Develop an Improvement Culture

Posted on by CATALYSIS

In this 60-minute webinar, John Toussaint, MD. and CEO of Catalysis, will describe his experience helping healthcare leaders focus on the five personal behavioral dimensions that lead to outstanding organizational results. Dr. Toussaint will present data as to why these behavioral dimensions are so important and then focus on specific examples of excellence from St. […]

“Too Busy to Walk the Gemba”

It’s not exactly uncommon for lean newcomers to view it as an additional burden on already-crammed schedules. And that’s certainly not uncommon for healthcare executives whose days are consistently packed with meetings, email correspondence, paperwork, compliance assurance and more. Chris Weisbrod has seen many healthcare leaders even refuse to go on simple gemba walks, claiming […]

Sustaining Lean Transformation

Posted on by Kim Barnas

Sometimes organizational change results in strategy shifts that are detrimental to lean healthcare transformation. How can healthcare executives ensure their lean efforts and achievements last for the long haul? Catalysis President Kim Barnas highlights four essential elements in her article, “Sustaining Lean Transformation.” This article will help any healthcare leader understand how to keep lean […]