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MBI Masters Student


Dr. Guenter Tusch,

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The cost of health care has been rising constantly in the United States. Despite the rising costs the quality of care provided by some of the providers is still under discussion. After implementing the Toyota Production System model, the Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Washington, has achieved considerable success (Pontzman Since healthcare is essentially about care several non-profit organizations have been setup to analyze the standards of care provided by the hospitals.

The paper focuses on comparing the costs between four basic elements that are covered under Medicare as well in the State of Michigan among the hospitals with accreditation and non-accreditation. The Joint Commission ( accredits and certifies more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. The Joint Commission is the nationally accepted accreditation organization in regards to determining hospital standards. Previous studies have shown that hospitals with The Joint Commission’s accreditation showed significant improvement over hospitals without any accreditation (Longo The presentation focuses on how prices of hospitals with accreditation vary compared to hospitals without accreditation. For care improvement in the hospital setting an integrated workflow will be proposed on how to merge lean principles with hospital quality standards, thereby providing care at reduced cost.