At the last meeting of the Health System Board, we had an interesting discussion about getting cost out of the System. The Board has been well aware of what we have achieved over the years related to cost- saving initiatives. However, as we attempt to effectively see our way through national health care reform and payment reform in Maryland, the question is, "where could there be additional savings?”
We are now dispatching our process engineers (aka our Blackbelts) throughout the organization to examine procedures and processes for Lean and Six Sigma opportunities interdepartmentally. We are even allowing departments to share in the savings through gainsharing initiatives. As we reinvent how we do business, which is now keeping our populations healthy and out of the hospital or at least treated in the most appropriate setting, we are making sure that WMHS is well positioned for the future.