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Call to Action: Reduce Waste in the US Health Care System

The IHI Leadership Alliance believes that eliminating “waste” in health care is essential to providing care at an affordable cost. To that end, the Alliance Waste Workgroup has developed an audacious aim: Systematically and proactively identify and eliminate 50 percent of non-value-added waste in the US health care system by 2025. Chaired by MemorialCare Health System Chief Transformation Officer, Helen Macfie, and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. James Leo, this Alliance workgroup is calling on health systems and providers to commit to a Call to Action to do our part to reduce waste in the US health care system.

Leadership Alliance Waste Portfolio Overview

Call to Action: Reduce Waste in the US Health Care System and Return the Cost Savings to Patients and the Economy
Three key actions for health care leaders to reduce waste.

“Trillion Dollar Checkbook”: Reduce Waste and Cost in the US Health Care System
An in-depth analysis of significant and in many cases complex opportunities to reduce waste and cost.

Driver Diagram: Systematically and Proactively Identify and Eliminate Non-Value-Added Waste in the US Health Care System by 2025

IHI Leadership Alliance Waste Workgroup Driver Diagram Template

Leadership Alliance Health Equity Call to Action

A Leadership Alliance steering committee drafted this Health Equity Call to Action to reflect Alliance-wide commitment to advancing health equity. Chaired by Dr. Steppe Mette, Chief Clinical Officer for Alliance member UAMS Medical Center, the Committee challenges Alliance members and health professionals nationwide to endorse this Call to Action on the premise that achieving health equity is essential to achieving the full promise of the Triple Aim.

Congress, Take an Ebola Inspired Approach to the Opioid Epidemic

Alliance member Mark Jarrett, MD, MBA, MS, Senior Vice President and Chief Quality Officer of Northwell Health, urged Congress to act on the opioid epidemic in The Hill News.

Health Care Leaders: Bill or No Bill, We Still Have Work To Do

Alliance members urge leaders to pursue the IHI Triple Aim, despite what happens in Washington, DC, in this June NEJM Catalyst article.

ACA and AHCA: Don Berwick Breaks It Down

What's the future of the Affordable Care Act? Dr. Don Berwick gives his unique perspective in this video based on an impromptu policy presentation at the Alliance Spring Meeting on May 5. Don's comprehensive lecture explains the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and describes what could change with the American Health Care Act (AHCA). We invite you to share Don's message with colleagues or use it as a resource and refresher yourself.

What We Pay For In Health Care

Alliance member Al Kurose, President and CEO at Coastal Medical, shares how the Triple Aim can incentivize what we really want from health care. Read the article here.

Breaking the Rules for Better Care

If you could break or change any rule in service of a better care experience for patients or staff, what would it be? This JAMA article breaks down 300+ rules gathered by Alliance organizations over the "Breaking the Rules" week in 2016.

Why Today’s Leaders Need to Embrace Change and Uncertainty

Derek Feeley, IHI President and CEO, shares how to engage staff and communities by leading through and embracing change. Welcome to health care's "new normal."

Time of Change: US Health Care Leaders Resolve to Stay the Course in 2017

What resolutions, in the midst of a changing administration, do IHI Leadership Alliance members have for 2017?

Former Oregon Governor: Health Care Leaders Must Lead the Debate on Health Reform

John Kitzhaber, MD, former governor of Oregon, suggests a new administration offers an opportunity to reframe the debate to address rising costs.

Modern Healthcare: "Why can't our EHRs be more like smartphones?"

Dr. Mark Jarrett from Northwell Health and Dr. Michelle Schreiber from Henry Ford Health System published “Commentary: Why can’t our EHRs be more like smartphones?” in Modern Healthcare.

WIHI: What's Next for Electronic Health Records?

Learn more about what Leadership Alliance members are learning and doing to answer this question: “Why can’t electronic health records be more like smartphones?” in this September 22 WIHI. Listen Now >>

Blog Post: Bob Pozen

Productivity Guru Bob Pozen breaks down three personal productivity tips from his speech at the IHI Leadership Alliance Fall 2016 Meeting. Read the blog post.

Blog Post: Dr. Tomas Lee

Dr. Tomas Lee, Chief Medical Officer at Press Ganey, spoke about 100 health care leaders at the IHI Leadership Alliance Fall 2016 Meeting. Dr. Lee shared a framework for thinking about burnout and helping leaders improve employee morale. Read the blog post.


Leadership Alliance Members in the News

Memorial Hermann Health System

On November 17, 2016, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, a part of the Memorial Hermann Health System, received the 2016 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Four US organizations receive this award annually, and Memorial Hermann was one of two health care organizations to be awarded this year. The award is considered the nation’s highest Presidential honor for performance excellence in commitment to sustainable excellence through innovation, improvement, and visionary leadership. Read the official press release or learn more about Memorial Hermann’s award-winning work.