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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.
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.
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.
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