Operations

  • 08/15/19
    There are many Lean tools available to use to improve a process. But oftentimes it’s difficult to select the appropriate one because the issue isn’t clearly defined. This leaves managers asking, “What tool is the most appropriate? How do I communicate the need for this process change? Is the issue worthy of a full Lean event such as kaizen or can I solve the problem in a different way?”more...
  • 08/12/19
    If you’ve ever driven a car in a light rain and struggled to match the timing of your intermittent windshield wipers to the rate at which the rain was falling, you’ve crossed paths with Robert W. Kearns. Mr. Kearns received multiple patents in 1967 for his design of intermittent windshield wipers, which utilize an electronic gadget called a capacitor. Capacitors store electricity until they reach their maximum capacity, at which point they release the electricity in a pulse. By...more...
  • Sg2, a Vizient company
    07/30/19
    There’s a lot happening in traditional Medicare alternative payment model (APM) development and evolution. Because we recently passed the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI Advanced) application deadline on June 24 and the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) notice of intent to apply (NOIA) deadline on June 28, I want to remind organizations of the various programs and their associated deadlines, as well as the opportunity (or lack thereof) for entry. Let’s...more...
  • 06/26/19
    Raise your hand if your mother ever said anything along the lines of, “If all of your friends jumped off of a bridge, would you jump, too?” Fifty years before Facebook, parents worried about their kids being unduly influenced by the behaviors of friends. Can you imagine their anxiety had they foreseen the digital age and its propensity to create social herds?more...
  • 06/21/19
    Whether an organization calls it governance or refers to it as oversight, leaves it to a steering committee or keeps it within a traditional value analysis structure, the goal is the same: create an informed, clinically driven process at the physician level for patient-centric decisions that are implemented at the organizational level. Or in some cases not implemented.more...
  • 06/17/19
    The following is based on content from Leading Healthcare Improvement: A Personal and Organizational Journey, a thought-provoking guide designed to help leaders achieve and sustain lasting improvement at both the personal and organizational levels. Authored by four Vizient subject matter experts and based on their experiences, the book is designed to help leaders better understand themselves and their organizations so they can fundamentally transform their organizations.more...
  • 05/21/19
    On Oct. 15, 1997, the Cassini spacecraft lifted off from Cape Canaveral in Florida. It was purposefully launched away from its ultimate destination – Saturn – and toward the sun. Using gravitational forces from Venus, Earth and Jupiter, through a series of slingshot maneuvers, Cassini reached a speed of approximately 42,500 miles per hour. At that speed, the probe could cover the distance between Chicago and San Francisco in about 2.5 minutes. After a journey of six years and 261...more...
  • 05/17/19
    About seven years ago, my wife was in labor preparing to give birth to our first child. Because it was a full moon, seemingly every other expectant mother in the greater Washington, D.C. area was also in labor. While the research may be out on whether a full moon induces labor, anecdotally, it sure seemed to be a factor, because when we arrived at the hospital no delivery rooms were available, so we took up a multihour residency in the maternity waiting room.more...
  • 05/14/19
    The ever-advancing world of health care delivery is both amazing and costly. Every day new technology is introduced to the marketplace giving providers the ability to treat conditions that just 10 years ago would not have been possible. Investment in the latest medical capital equipment is required to provide optimal patient care, but it comes with a substantial price tag.more...
  • 05/13/19
    In his watershed novel originally published in 1961, Joseph Heller chronicles the experiences and probes the psyche of a World War II bomber squadron. A former B-25 bombardier himself, Heller has the story’s protagonist confront a military rule that typified bureaucratic operating and reasoning, and in the process, creates an enduring idiom – Catch-22 – which has become a part of mainstream vernacular.more...