Raising Standards in American Health Care: Best People, Best Practices, Best Results


To thrive in the highly competitive health care marketplace, organizations must consistently demonstrate their ability to contain costs, improve quality, and increase customer satisfaction. In Raising Standards in American Health Care, nationally acclaimed health care management expert V. Clay Sherman shows managers and executives how to utilize the powerful management force of strategic standardization to overcome the most common barriers to these challenges-and increase competitive advantage. Raising Standards in American Health Care translates proven Fortune 500 business strategies into pathways toward operational excellence for health care organizations. The book offers a review of the important lessons learned from corporate business giants-including Southwest Airlines, Wal-Mart, McDonald''s, and others-who have forged their paths to performance excellence by mastering the art of strategic standardization. Raising Standards in American Health Care draws on the most current developments in modern management practice and theory such as the balanced scorecard, stretch goals, and the focused health care factory. In addition, the book''s concepts are enhanced by a wealth of helpful materials including descriptive tables, charts, illustrations, internet information sources, and suggested discussion questions that can be used as a springboard for action. Sherman clearly demonstrates that superior outcomes and competitive advantage can be achieved as organizations aggressively raise the standards of American health care. In this landmark book, Sherman outlines a working model of strategic standardization and offers reliable methods to guide health care leaders in their quest to demonstrate measurable change. In clear terms, the author shows how to achieve standardization of defined clinical protocols, administrative and non-clinical functions, as well as standardization in equipment, procedures, professional practice, and organization performances. This innovative organizational model shows leaders how to keep their promise to deliver the highest standards of care far beyond the existing health care performance standards promoted by JCAHO and NCQA-as well as revealing insight into emerging alternative standards that promise to uniformly raise future care levels. Transform Your Health Care Organization by Changing the Standards That Govern It"Sherman gives us many embraceable ideas to work with, and his message remains solid: our health care organizations must be transformed by standardizing best practices. This is a refreshing, even exciting approach to the very foundation of setting new standards for health care excellence."_William G. Gonzalez, chief health system officer, Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids, MI; Top 100 Hospitals Winner 1994, 1995, 1998; America''s Top 100 Integrated Health Care Systems Winner 1998"Sherman has once again brought his unique insight and vision to improving hospital and health care system management in meeting today''s challenges of delivering quality health care to better serve patients."_Terry Townsend, president and CEO, The Association of Texas Hospitals and Health Care Organizations"Sherman is sending America''s health care leadership a tough message, and it''s on target. As an industry we need to do a better job for our patients, our physicians, and our associates, and Clay''s book tells us how. A must read for tomorrow''s leader."_Richard R. Risk, president and CEO, Advocate Health Care System, Chicago, IL"This book challenged me as it will the entire health care industry. I found myself applauding Dr. Sherman''s insightful analyses and practical how-to solutions. Employer coalitions . . . are in a position to . . . raise the standards of management and ultimately the care that patients receive."_Gregg O. Lehman, president and CEO, National Business Coalition on Health"Raising Standards in American Health Care ranks among the most challenging, practical business management books I''ve ever read. Grea

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Publisher: Place of publication:
  • San Francisco
Publication year:
  • 1999


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