USC Consulting Group Saves Hospital Millions by Cutting Waste in the Operating Room

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With the uncertainty of the Affordable Care Act looming, the Consulting firm uses its process improvement expertise and its LINCS® technology solution to streamline surgical preference cards saving $2.3 million annually.

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The new process has been a tremendous benefit to our system, and has sustained itself over time. We have seen a decrease in the amount of returns from a baseline of 37% to 16% in the current year, one year after the project concluded. - OR Director

With Healthcare costs on the rise and Hospitals battling to keep them down, USC Consulting Group (USCCG) releases a case study titled, “Hospital System Saves Millions by Cutting Waste in the Operating Room”. With the name of the Hospital system withheld at their request, USCCG details how the implementation of process improvement techniques combined with the data analytics tool, LINCS®, were able to save them over $2 million annually in surgical material costs at just one of their facilities.

“By using statistical analysis to understand their material usage patterns, and making changes to the way items are picked for their surgical carts, the Hospital was able to optimize their surgical preference card system; thereby lowering inventory levels and eliminating waste from opened but unused items”, says Jerry Moody, Spend Management Practice Leader at USCCG.

The Hospital system has four facilities and a total of 850 beds. With over 600 practicing physicians and 30,000 surgeries performed annually it identified surgical waste as a potential opportunity and sought the material utilization expertise offered by USC Consulting Group. In addition to the tangible cost savings that have been realized, long-term behavioral change is also evident as the Hospital is able to leverage the process improvement methods and the LINCS platform at multiple departments across their entire system.

About USC Consulting Group, LLC
USC Consulting Group (USCCG) is an operations management consulting firm helping clients improve financial performance with a focus on operational excellence across the supply chain. Founded in 1968, the firm brings experience, enabling technology, and subject matter expertise to implement solutions, not just recommend them. With offices in the United States, Canada and Europe, and projects spread across the globe, USCCG has worked with thousands of Fortune 1000 companies in nearly every industry. For more information please follow us on Linked In or visit

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