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How to cut costs in the cath lab

A cardiac cath lab operations improvement project undertaken by University Medical Center (Lubbock, TX) was successful in decreasing labor cost by 23 percent, representing an annual savings of about $250,000.  The centerpiece of the effort was careful delineation of start time, prime time, and the criteria to classify emergency cases; as well as reassignment of block time for the cardiologists.  The result was a dramatic (75%) decrease in the number of elective cases done outside of ‘prime time.’ 

Why I like this article:  I love case study articles about operations improvement projects, especially those that describe how the hospital attacked the problem.  Even better when there are great results!

Source: Swaminath, D., and Kumar, A.  Effective ways to decrease costs of labor in a cardiac catheterization lab.  PEJ. The Physician Executive;37(4):54-57, July/August 2011.   Click here for the full text: http://net.acpe.org/MembersOnly/pejournal/2011/JulyAugust/Swaminath.pdf  Posted by AHA Resource Center, (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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