Barnes-Jewish could lose millions in Medicare payments
One of Missouri's largest hospitals could face a cut in Medicare payments because too many Medicare patients are being readmitted soon after discharge.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Barnes-Jewish is one of just three hospitals in the country to perform worse than the national average in readmissions within 30 days for heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia, for each of the last three years.
The strategy room at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Pink sticky notes on the wall represent points in a process where a patient has to wait. This giant chart is used to track progress of the "Lean Healthcare" method.
Credit (via David Weinberg)
A diagram of a Toyota concept instituted at Barnes-Jewish Hospital - Value Stream mapping - essentially taking a complicated process, and breaking it down into its individual steps and finding ways to make each step more efficient.
Throughout the country a number of hospitals have been looking to Toyota auto plants to learn how to make healthcare safer and more efficient. Among the dozens of institutions adapting the Toyota Production system to healthcare is Barnes-Jewish Hospital here in St. Louis.
Reporter David Weinberg brings us the story of how Far East auto plants are changing the face of hospitals in the west.