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ASQ Phoenix - June 13 2024 Virtual Meeting - Using Lean Six Sigma to Address Four Top Cost Saving Opportunities in the Clinical Laboratory

By Barbara Banek posted 03/20/24 05:04 PM


ASQ Phoenix June 13, 2024 Program Meeting – Virtual

6:00pm – 8:00pm Phoenix (UTC: -7)

AGENDA: All times are Phoenix (MST):

6:00 pm – Gather

6:05 pm – Virtual Networking

6:30 pm – Welcome & Announcements

6:45 pm – Guest Speaker

7:45 pm – Q&A

7:55 pm – Wrap-up

8:00 pm – Adjourn

Topic: Using Lean Six Sigma to Address Four Top Cost-Saving Opportunities in the Clinical Laboratory

Lean is a management philosophy that focuses on creating value for customers while minimizing waste; Six Sigma is a methodology to eliminate defects and variability. They can be applied to many industries. Healthcare is a sector that encompasses services and products critical to improving health. Within healthcare, the clinical laboratory is where medical tests are performed on patient samples to aid in diagnosis and treatment. Lab services leverage 60-70% of critical decision-making such as admittance, discharge, and medication. Lean Six Sigma can be applied within the clinical laboratory. This presentation will give a brief overview of current laboratory industry challenges, and then describe how lean Six Sigma can be used to address four top cost-saving opportunities in the lab.

Most Six Sigma practitioners know that improvement projects can have significant financial savings. Some have even said that Six Sigma is primarily about profitability, and quality and efficiency are just by-products. It is important to capitalize on cost savings in the lab, as there is significant cost pressure on hospitals today. Due to changes in healthcare, leadership is rethinking how the lab operates. An overview of reimbursement decline will be reviewed. Given these challenges, lab costs must be targeted by Lean Six Sigma. Four top cost-saving opportunities include the costs of lab testing, lab labor, lab equipment/supplies and reference testing, and blood products. In line with Lean’s goals to create value for customers and minimize waste and Six Sigma’s goal of financial savings, these four areas of focus in lab benefit from applying these principles.

 Learning Objectives/Takeaways

1: Understand a brief overview of clinical laboratory reimbursement decline, as the industry backdrop necessitates targeting lab costs for reduction while maintaining patient care.
2: Define the philosophies of Lean and Six Sigma, including value creation for customers, minimization of waste, reduction of defects and variability, and creation of financial savings.
3: Learn more about four top cost savings opportunities in the clinical lab, and how applying lean Six Sigma concepts can improve them.

Speaker: Katie Castree Benyo

LOCATION: via Zoom

COST: Free. Open to all.

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