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Go Lean in 2010: Reducing Waste in Construction
Karen Minich-Pourshadi, Senior Editor-Finance

Toyota's Lean Process Improvement isn't a new premise, but in these challenging economic times implementing such an approach can help address some tough financial questions. Seattle Children's Hospital has embraced the canon of Lean management and this July they will open a newly constructed outpatient facility built by applying those principles to the design and construction process. [Read More]

  January 4, 2010

Editor's Picks
Medicare Fraud Enforcement More Than Window Dressing
Once healthcare reform legislation takes effect, where will that leave issues like Medicare fraud? Leadership Editor Philip Betbeze thinks the hunt for Medicare missteps isn't going to pass any time soon. [Read More]
2009: The Year that Redefined How We Provide Quality Healthcare
Patients and hospitals really want it all—good medical outcomes, satisfied patients, and improved patient well-being. But how do you deliver all of these and still make quality healthcare affordable? Our Quality Editor Janice Simmons takes a look at the progress we've made toward top-of-the-line quality at affordable prices. [Read More]
Breakthroughs: Aligning Hospitals and Physicians Toward Value
The current relationship between hospitals and physicians has been built around rewarding for volume of services and not quality. That model is breaking down as reformers in Washington have hospital and physician inefficiency in their sights, with Medicare pushing toward value-based purchasing and experimenting with a payment system that rewards a system of coordinated care. In this HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report that you can download for free, four leading hospital systems—Gundersen Lutheran Health System, Sanford Health-MeritCare, SSM Health Care, and Virginia Mason Medical Center—share the lessons they have learned about adding quality to healthcare. [Read More]
Finance Forum
Counterintuitive Thinking During Difficult Times, Part 2: Bold Growth Strategies
In Part 1 of this article, contributor Marc Dubow said bold revenue growth strategy requirements can have a huge impact. In Part 2, Dubow looks at the driving forces which management teams and boards need to enact in order to achieve a bold growth strategy. [Read More]
Finance Headlines
Marathon of Meaningful Use, EHR Standards Just Beginning
Dom Nicastro and Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media - December 31, 2009
In health bill for everyone, provisions for a few
New York Times - January 4, 2010
Some foes of healthcare bill hope courts will stop legislation
Washington Post - January 4, 2010
GAO: Some Hospitals Are Overpaid with DSH Payments
Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media - January 4, 2010
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From HealthLeaders Magazine
20 People Who Make Healthcare Better
HealthLeaders December 2009 The very essence of healthcare is to make a difference for good. In our annual HealthLeaders 20, we offer profiles of some who are doing just that. [Read More]
Service Line Management
Emerging Service Lines
Hospitals that lead the way in emerging service lines may find themselves positioned to be market leaders in the future. Here's a look at which services are emerging and why. [Read More]
Money Talk

A look at one hospital's struggles to improve

Willis-Knighton Health System, Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
Rating: A
Outlook: Stable
Affected Debt: $198.65 million
Agency: Standard & Poor's
Remarks: The raised rating from A- is based on WKHS' solid operations that continue to strengthen, its improving balance sheet, and overall sound business position.
[Read More]
Audio Feature

Seattle Children's Hospitals Builds Lean: An interview with Cindy Evans, vice president of ambulatory and regional services and medical specialties at Seattle Children's Hospital, looking at a creative, "Lean" approach to construction of an outpatient facility. [Listen Now]
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