One key step toward solving the nation’s deadly nursing shortage

By Susan Dentzer, Renee Hsia, and Eugene Litvak, opinion contributors.

How hospitals can save lives and themselves: lessons on patient flow from the COVID-19 Pandemic

Eugene Litvak, Shaf Keshavjee, Bruce L. Gewertz, Harvey V. Fineberg. Annals of Surgery: July 2021 - Volume 274 - Issue 1 - p 37-39

The Right Kind of Pooled Testing for the Novel Coronavirus: First, Do No Harm

E. Litvak, PhD, S. Dentzer, BA, M. Pagano, PhD. AJPH. September 24, 2020.

Another election cycle, another health-care debate

Litvak E. The Hill. December 17, 2019.

Question 1 and the way out of the nurse staffing impasse

Litvak E. Boston Globe. October 25, 2018.

Association of delay of urgent or emergency surgery with mortality and use of health care resources: a propensity score–matched observational cohort study

Daniel I. McIsaac, MD MPH?, Karim Abdulla, MD, Homer Yang, MD, Sudhir Sundaresan, MD, Paula Doering, RN, Sandeep Green Vaswani, MBA, Kednapa Thavorn, MPharm PhD, Alan J. Forster, MD MSc; Association of delay of urgent or emergency surgery with mortality and use of health care resources: a propensity score–matched observational cohort study; CMAJ, July 10, 2017; vol. 189 no. 27.

Harnessing Healthcare Data for Patient Flow

Green Vaswani S; ZocDoc, November 10, 2014.

Getting nurse-patient ratios right

Litvak E; Becker's Hospital Review, November 10, 2014.

Healthcare Optimization Requires Better Data

Green Vaswani S; InformationWeek, October 3, 2014.

Population Health Requires Healthcare Optimization

Litvak E; Population Health News, September 15, 2014.

Smoothing out peaks, valleys in admission would save money

Litvak E; Modern Healthcare, September 13, 2014.

Don’t Get Your Operation on a Thursday

Litvak E; The Wall Street Journal, December 2, 2013.

Smoothing the Way to High Quality, Safety, and Economy

Litvak E, Fineberg H; New England Journal of Medicine, October 24, 2013. 369:1581-1583.

Sleep Faster! (Somebody else needs your blanket…)

Anstey M, Gildfind S, Litvak E; Australian Health Review, July 27, 2012.

The Case for Patient Flow Management

Litvak E, Bernheim S; Morbidity and Mortality Rounds on the web: AHRQ Cases and Commentaries, November 2011.

Nurse staffing, hospital operations, care quality, and common sense

Litvak E, Laskowski-Jones,L; Nursing, August 2011.

Just Another Hospital Weekend, Or Life And Death?

Green Vaswani S, Long M; Health Affairs Blog, May 23, 2011.

Mismanaged Hospital Operations: A Neglected Threat to Reform

Litvak E; Health Affairs Blog, February 22, 2011.

More Patients Less Payment

Litvak E, Bisognano M; Health Affairs, January 2011.

Rethinking Rapid Response Teams

Litvak E, Pronovost P; JAMA commentary, 2010; 304(12):1375-1376.

Managing Variability in Healthcare Delivery

Litvak E, Green Vaswani S, Long M, Prenney B; Chapter in Institute of Medicine Workshop Summary: Lowering Costs and Improving Outcomes, 2010

Engineering Science and Episode Based Hospital Payment

Litvak E, Milstein A, Smith M; Health Affairs Blog, September 15, 2010.

How the Number of Surgical Patients Affects Nursing Care

Fuda KK, Buerhaus PI, Prenney B, Litvak E; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant, 2009; Submitted for publication.

Managing Patient Flow in Hospitals: Strategies and Solutions

Ed. Litvak E; Second Edition; Beurhaus P, Rudolph M, Prenney B, Fuda KK, Green Vaswani S, Long M, et al; Joint Commission Resources, 2009.

Improving Patient Flow and Throughput in California Hospitals Operating Room Services

Litvak E, Long MC, Prenney B, Fuda KK, Levtzion-Korach O, McGlinchey P.; Boston University Program for Management of Variability in Health Care Delivery. Guidance document prepared for the California Healthcare Foundation (CHCF), 2007.

Optimizing Patient Flow by Managing its Variability

Litvak E.; In Berman S. (ed.): Front Office to Front Line: Essential Issues for Health Care Leaders. Oakbrook Terrace, IL: Joint Commission Resources, 2005, pp. 91-111.

Managing Unnecessary Variability in Patient Demand to Reduce Nursing Stress and Improve Patient Safety

Litvak E, Buerhaus PI, Davidoff F, Long MC, McManus ML, Berwick DM.; Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, 2005; 31(6): 330-338.

Queuing Theory Accurately Models the Need for Critical Care Resources

McManus ML, Long MC, Cooper AB, Litvak E.; Anesthesiology, 2004(100): 1271-6.

Variability in Demand and Access to Pediatric Intensive Care Services.

McManus ML, Long MC, Cooper AB, Mandell J, Berwick DM, Litvak E.; Anesthesiology, 2003(98): 1491-6.

A Root Cause Analysis of Emergency Department Crowding and Ambulance Diversion in Massachusetts.

Litvak E, McManus ML, Cooper A.; Boston University Program for the Management of Variability in Health Care Delivery, Report to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Executive Summary, 2002.

Emergency Department Overcrowding in Massachusetts: Making Room in our Hospitals

McManus ML; Issue Brief. Massachusetts Health Policy Forum, 7 June 2001.

Emergency Room Diversion: Causes and Solutions

Litvak E, Long MC, Cooper AB, McManus ML.; Academic Emergency Medicine, 2001 8(11): 1108-1110.

Cost Effectiveness Analysis Under Managed Care: Not Yet Ready for Prime Time?

Litvak E, Long MC, Schwartz JS.; Editorial. American Journal of Managed Care, 2000 6(2): 254-256.

Cost and Quality Under Managed Care: Irreconcilable Differences?

Litvak E, Long MC.; American Journal of Managed Care, 2000 3(3): 305-312. [Describes the Variability Methodology].