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Journal of Public Health Management & Practice:
doi: 10.1097/PHH.0b013e31823f57c0
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Applying Lean Principles and Kaizen Rapid Improvement Events in Public Health Practice

Smith, Gene CSSBB, BS; Poteat-Godwin, Annah BS; Harrison, Lisa Macon MPH; Randolph, Greg D. MD, MPH

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This case study describes a local home health and hospice agency's effort to implement Lean principles and Kaizen methodology as a rapid improvement approach to quality improvement. The agency created a cross-functional team, followed Lean Kaizen methodology, and made significant improvements in scheduling time for home health nurses that resulted in reduced operational costs, improved working conditions, and multiple organizational efficiencies.

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