January 2018 Print

President's Report

Well the holidays have come and gone, and frankly I got caught up with work and did not fully prepare this newsletter for all of you.  I'll do better next month!

The local section of ASQ has invited us to join them for their January meeting.  Details are below and you are asked to respond by return email directly to ASQ if you intend to attend.

This could be an interesting perspective.  We have talked about unconventinal supply chains (think healthcare, hospitality, etc.) and the same is true about aspects of quality.  The ASQ program is about continuous quality improvements in the clinical environment.  See you there!

"The January ASQ meeting will be held Thursday, January 18, 2018 at the Four Points by Sheraton Lexington, 1938 Stanton Way, in Lexington, KY.  Please RSVP to Mark McDonald (mmcdonald@hendrickson-intl.com) by 1/15/18 and kindly specify whether you will be having dinner or have a special menu request.  OUR SPEAKER: Dr. Iftikhar is a Family Practitioner, trained at the Louisiana State University. She brings a unique perspective combining Clinical Operations to Quality Improvement. After practicing in the community, she completed her Master’s in Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas, Minnesota with a focus in Healthcare Operations prior to moving to Kentucky. She went on to develop her niche as a Clinical Quality Improvement Expert through Certifications in Lean Systems and Improving Value in Healthcare from the University of Kentucky.

With National healthcare Expenditures rising to $3 trillion, physician burnout exceeding records, declining population health and expanding life expectancy, the healthcare industry headed for significant changes on many fronts. Of the many forces transforming our nation's healthcare system, none is more significant than the turn from payment based on volume to payment based on value. What are some of the current regulatory changes influencing the Quality of healthcare outcomes and the driving forces behind them? What holds the healthcare industry back from manufacturing industries and why is it so slow to adapt to new technology?"  We thank ASQ for allowing to join their meeting.

Our February meeting (TUESDAY 13 FEBRUARY 2018) will have our own Board of Director member Elizabeth Williams presenting on APICS moves to foster STEM education in primary and high schools.  More details to follow.

Thank you and have a great month!



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