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Scripps Health to Restructure Management

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 21, 2010

Scripps is identifying unnecessary and costly variations in practice, staffing, use of supplies and services, patient quality and satisfaction, physician satisfaction and others areas, and wants to replace the variations with best practices from within Scripps or other health systems.

A preliminary audit conducted by Scripps' project management office identified approximately $150 million in variations and potential annual cost reductions across the health system.

Potential long-term cost savings could come from areas as diverse as:

  • Coffee vendors ($200,000);
  • Clinical laboratory functions ($6 million to $12 million);
  • Cardiac surgery programs (approximately $4.3 million).
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