[abstract] MANAGING LABOR COSTS IN A WOUND CENTER WITH HYPERBARIC MEDICINE, UTILIZING ACTIVITY BASED MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES

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[abstract] MANAGING LABOR COSTS IN A WOUND CENTER WITH HYPERBARIC MEDICINE, UTILIZING ACTIVITY BASED MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES

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Title: [abstract] MANAGING LABOR COSTS IN A WOUND CENTER WITH HYPERBARIC MEDICINE, UTILIZING ACTIVITY BASED MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES
Author: Mueller, MJ
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Staff labor and related payroll overhead represents the largest component of controllable costs in a hospital-based wound center with Hyperbaric Medicine. The task is to be able to adequately control and predict that labor while maintaining the highest quality of the work performed. METHODS: The managers of five hospital-based wound/HBO centers were brought together in a series of meetings to thoroughly analyze the clinical and administrative activities performed in their departments. Included in these discussions was the concept of "best practices" for these activities. The group agreed upon the appropriate amount of time to perform each of these activities. The activities were divided into clinical related tasks and administrative tasks. The clinical tasks were assigned to the various CPT or HCPCS codes performed with the resulting of a flexible budget for clinical activities. The administrative tasks were used to develop a fixed budget portion for these activities. RESULTS: An analysis of actual labor versus the mixed flexible/fixed budget was performed for the six months preceding the conclusion of the project and for each two-week pay period for the eight months after the conclusion. The analysis for the four periods showed a significant improvement actual versus budget. Quality outcome standards were maintained throughout the entire 24-month period analyzed. CONCLUSION: A detailed activity analysis resulting in a partially flexible, partially fixed budget with analysis each pay period can have significant positive effect on labor utilization without negatively impacting quality of care.
Description: Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Inc. (http://www.uhms.org )
URI: http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/1386
Date: 2003

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