Healthcare Affordability: Motivate People, Improve Processes, and Increase Performance, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Healthcare Affordability

Motivate People, Improve Processes, and Increase Performance, 1st Edition

By Paul Walter Odomirok, Sr.

CRC Press

158 pages

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pub: 2018-09-17
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Healthcare Affordability: Motivate People, Improve Processes, and Increase Performance applies the Theory of Affordability across the Healthcare Enterprise. Affordability is realized when the Value delivered exceeds the Patient’s requirements, while the expense for the quality resources required to deliver that Value is at a Cost less than the revenue received from the competitive pricing applied to the care.

The aim of healthcare affordability is to attain performance excellence in all areas across the entire Healthcare Enterprise. The Healthcare Enterprise involves 5 types of providers: Healthcare Providers, Medicine and Pharmaceutical Providers, Machine and Device Providers, Service and Supplier Providers, and Insurance and Payment Providers. Obviously, one key focal point of healthcare affordability is affordable healthcare, a condition that has been chased for decades, but has yet to be achieved.

This book provides a useful framework and foundation for any organization to pursue and achieve Affordability. Although there are many methods used to accomplish performance improvement, this approach has been proven successful with many organizations. It integrates strategic vision and direction, with operational goals and objectives and tactical targets and tasks. This book also provides a leadership strategy and structure for change and transformation, and a designed plan to execute an 18-month implementation program.


  • Affords patients and providers a better, faster, safer, and more affordable and profitable experience and approach
  • Offers solutions for current state dilemmas, and provides a framework for future state success
  • Increases the speed of delivery, improves the quality, and decreases the cost of care
  • Provides methods and tools for linking and integrating strategic, operational and tactical goals

Healthcare Affordability: Motivate People, Improve Processes, and Increase Performance provides readers with methods and means for solving the complex problem of affordable healthcare.

Table of Contents

Making the Case for Healthcare Affordability. Healthcare Affordability Defined. Healthcare Affordability Applied. The Strategic Dimension. The Operational Perspective. The Tactical Reality. First and Foremost, Assess the Situation. Design the Solution and Plan for Success. Implement Improvements. Sustain the Results and Continuously Improve. Enterprise Wide Responsibilities. The End - Start Now.

About the Author

Mr. Paul Odomirok is President and CEO of Performance Excellence Associates, Inc. For the past 40 years, Paul has been involved in several careers from Academia to Corporate Leadership to Consulting to Entrepreneurship. In his ‘first career’, he taught Mathematics and Computer Science at all levels of learning, from Pre-School to Post-PhD. He was even involved in designing graduate level curriculums at the University of South Carolina as an Adjunct Professor.

His second career began in 1985 with NCR. Beginning as a Senior Programmer Analyst, he was promoted to Manager - Software Development, Product Manager, Manager – Product Management, Corporate Strategic Planner for Banking, Director – Retail Systems Product Integration, Director of Quality and Corporate Coach. During his stint corporate America, he experienced the NCR/AT&T merger, and was responsible, as a Director of Quality, for the cultural transformation and change leadership for the Retail Systems Division Organization in Duluth, Georgia. He was trained by Bell Labs, and utilized as an Executive Coach for NCR/AT&T Executives.

He left NCR/AT&T in 1995 to pursue a consulting career, in the areas of Leadership, Team Development, Strategy, Structure, Systems and Organization Performance. Over the past 20 years he has trained, coached and mentored hundreds of IIE and ASQ Green Belts and Black Belts in Lean, Six Sigma and Lean Six Sigma, as well as coached leaders and managers how to develop and implement strategic plans. He’s worked with more than 95 organizations on over 180 different performance improvement projects, organization change programs and continuous improvement initiatives. His expertise ranges across a variety of disciplines, including Lean, Six Sigma, Manufacturing, Engineering, Supply Chain, Healthcare, multiple Services, and Leadership/Management Development. Although most of his projects have been concentrated in the commercial business area, his most recent projects have been in Defense and Healthcare for leadership development, strategic planning, increasing process speed, improving quality, lowering cost and attaining supply chain logistics excellence for two specific programs; F/A-18 ‘Super Hornet’, MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle program) and several Healthcare Institutions.

About the Series

Continuous Improvement Series

Continuous Improvement refers to all aspects of improving processes, products, methodologies, and techniques to ensure they provide more value to customers and are sustainable. This entails topics such as six sigma, lean, design for six sigma, quality, preventative and predictive maintenance and sustainability. Continuous improvement involves using various methodologies to design and measure changes to document the quantitative and qualitative improvements and sustain the gains. This involves breakthrough thinking and changing the culture of an organization. This series will cover the methodological and cultural aspects of driving continuous improvements in all types of organizations for sustainable results. The concepts behind continuous improvement will ensure companies innovate and become the best in class with successful financial impacts.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Quality Control
MEDICAL / Administration