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Surgical smoothing eliminates conflicts and adds granularity to medical-decision making.
Colin Butler – CBC News
Peter S. Antkowiak, MD; Michael N. Cocchi, MD; David T. Chiu, MD, MPH; and Leon D. Sanchez, MD, MPH
National adoption of patient flow optimization practices has the potential to reduce total U.S. per capita spending “by 4-5%”, which amounts to $140 to $180 billion a year.
Smoothing out surgical scheduling to improve efficiency is much less expensive than building a new hospital wing, and has been shown to yield major improvements.
An operations management specialist is applying lessons from statistics to help free up hospital beds. It’s working.
Unresolved nurse burnout at hospitals globally leads to legislative initiatives such as Massachusetts’ ballot Question 1. In the face of financial constraints and workforce shortages, the only solution is to smooth variability in healthcare operations.