New Lean Six Sigma Book Takes Medical Practices 20 Years Ahead in Profitability

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With medical practices facing financial challenges -- and lagging 20 years behind other businesses in using Lean Six Sigma to drive profits -- Greenbranch Publishing announces a book by Frank Cohen, and Owen Dahl, Lean Six Sigma for the Medical Practice -- Improving Profitability by Improving Processes.

To help medical practices increase profitability without cutting costs or boosting revenues, Greenbranch Publishing announces a new book by Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt Frank Cohen and Practice Management Expert Owen Dahl : Lean Six Sigma for the Medical Practice -- Improving Profitability by Improving Processes (paperback, ISBN: 978-0-9768343-9-7, price: $89 plus $9.95 S&H).

For the first time, this new book translates Lean Six Sigma principles and tools specifically for the real-world medical practice environment. Drawing on his involvement with thousands of medical practices, author and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt Frank Cohen empowers practices - and their advisors - to use 20 process improvement tools to boost efficiency so more of the revenues that come in go directly to the bottom line.

What types of improvements can practices make? For starters, says Frank Cohen, "They can use analytics to identify inconsistent behavior by payers - that means practices can hold payers' feet to the fire. Plus, process improvement can help practices reduce denials by upwards of 50%." In addition to optimizing reimbursement, the Lean Six Sigma approach that Cohen maps out in this book can be used to improve everything from patient visit cycle time to , A/R to staff and patient satisfaction and morale to compliance.

"The timing of this book is so important to medical practices," says Nancy Collins, President of Greenbranch Publishing. "Health care providers have focused intently on improving quality of care. The recession and reimbursement issues demand that health providers and their advisors focus that same attention on the business side of the practice. This exciting book gives them the process improvement tools to do it successfully. Over the past 20 years, Lean and Six Sigma approaches have created profit breakthroughs for other types of businesses. Cohen and Dahl have brought this methodology to health care providers, whittling down the myriad of traditional Lean Six Sigma tools to only those that matter most to their practices."

Owen Dahl adds, "The bottom-line value of process improvement is so significant that I wouldn't be surprised if providers who use this book find themselves at conferences presenting case studies about running a profitable practice."
Selected Table of Contents
Chapter 1: What's In It for Me? Lean Six Sigma benefits for healthcare providers, administrators, frontline staff, attorneys, consultants and payers.

Chapter 2: Why Process improvement? Understanding why process improvement will become the key driver for efficiency and profitability.

Chapter 3: Team Building How process improvement (PI) teams differ from other teams since they require step by step project management including an end date- and how to create and use them.

Chapter 4: Project Management How to streamline, eliminate bottlenecks, and use data and metrics for making PI decisions.

Chapter 5: TPI Toolbox A compilation of the most applicable Lean Six Sigma tools tailored specifically for medical practices.

Chapter 6: Deployment Platforms Understanding and differentiating between the different deployment platforms, including PDSA, A3, DMAIC, FOCUS and others.

Chapter 7: What's Next? A look into the possible future of healthcare and why process improvement transcends any possible health reform model.

About the Authors
Known as "The Guru of Process Improvement," Frank Cohen, MPA, is senior analyst for MIT Solutions, Inc., a healthcare consulting firm that specializes in process improvement and practice analytics. He is a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and has been involved in operational, financial and utilization analysis and compliance risk assessments for thousands of medical practices. In addition, he provides consulting and analytical services to healthcare associations, legal professionals and legislators. As the lead statistician on the AMA's National Health Insurance Report Card in 2008 and 2009, Frank has worked diligently to get payers to engage in process improvement techniques to reduce the cost and hassle of filing claims. Owen Dahl, MBA, FACHE, CHBC is a Nationally-Known Practice Management, Leadership and Efficiency Expert and Author of the best-selling books, Think Business! Medical Practice Quality, Efficiency, Profits and The Medical Practice Disaster Planning Workbook.

About Greenbranch Publishing, LLC
Headquartered in Phoenix, Maryland, Greenbranch Publishing, LLC is a privately held firm founded in 1998. The company is a leading international publisher of medical practice management titles, electronic media and audio conferences for physicians, practice administrators and office practice managers.
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