More Cost Effective Health Care

Resources Added for the Right Care in the Right Place

  • Increased the WMHS Outpatient Observation Unit to 20 beds to provide an alternative to admission for patients in the Emergency Department who need further monitoring and evaluation.
  • Expanded resources for Home Care, including a Home Care Nurse Liaison in the hospital to help facilitate appropriate referrals. Referrals increased by 35 percent during the last six months of FY12.
  • Encouraged use of WMHS Urgent Care Centers through expanded marketing and advertising.
  • Added Cardiology and Pulmonary testing services to the WMHS Outpatient Diagnostic Center.

Initiatives Began to Identify Cost Savings

  • Implemented Premier ASCEND contracting program, resulting in over $400,000 in savings.
  • Engaged Grant Thornton for operational and revenue cycle evaluation of WMHS Clinics and Practices. Their recommendations will be implemented in FY2013.
  • Collaborated with Premier on an Expense Reduction Initiative to identify process changes to reduce labor and non-labor expenses. Over $1.4 million in savings came implementing from a capitated pricing model for spinal products, hip implants and knee implants. Final recommendations from Premier will be implemented in FY2013.

Other Measures Reduce Costs

  • Negotiated new contracts for gas and electricity that should result in savings of $1.8 million.

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