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Cover Story

Care Standardization Yields Three-Year Savings of $1.48 Million

By Karen Wagner

Learn how a community hospital in Wisconsin improved care and reduced costs in heart attack, total joint, and Cesarean-section initiatives.

Web extra: View a sample performance report used by Aurora Medical Center Oshkosh.

Emergency Department Savings

Managing Length of Stay for ED Admissions

By Darrell Pile

Discover process improvements that can help reduce unnecessary admissions and length of stay for emergency department patients, who account for about half of all admissions, according to a recent study.

Supply Chain Management

Identifying Supply Chain Disbursement Errors and Reducing Waste

By John Weiss

Audits often reveal overpayments and unredeemed credits for purchased goods and services that can add up to millions of dollars in large, complex health systems. 

Web extra: Learn how to assess your organization’s accounts payable auditing needs.

Perioperative Costs

Improving OR Scheduling Efficiency

By Ed Daihl

Tools that enable OR managers to track and analyze patient flow, schedule supply use, and release unused block time can help contain OR costs. 

Improving Value

3 Often-Overlooked Ways to Reduce Costs

By Brian Channon

Trimming excess capacity, reducing overhead costs, and eliminating duplicative or noncore services and initiatives are three often-overlooked ways to meet cost reduction goals without compromising organizational mission.

Reducing Waste

Green OR Efforts Help Hospital Save $2.1 Million

By Laura Ramos Hegwer

Learn how Yale-New Haven Hospital engaged employees in green projects that help reduce waste and inefficiencies, saving the hospital $2.1 million. 

Web extra: View a chart depicting the structure of the hospital sustainability committee along with a poster about employees’ roles in reducing waste.

From the Headlines

Physicians Offer Views on Cost Containment

In a recent JAMA survey of physicians, respondents said that most of the responsibility for cost containment lies not with physicians but with others.

Publication Date: Monday, October 14, 2013