Accession Number : ADA529466


Title :   Lean Six Sigma in Healthcare: Combating the Military's Escalating Pharmacy Costs


Descriptive Note : Research paper


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND PUBLIC POLICY


Personal Author(s) : Kang, Keebom ; Apte, Uday M


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a529466.pdf


Report Date : 30 Apr 2009


Pagination or Media Count : 88


Abstract : Healthcare costs throughout the United States are on the rise, drawing increased scrutiny from government officials and Congress. The cost of pharmacy operations and pharmaceuticals is growing at a rate that is alarmingly higher than that of the total cost of military healthcare itself. Recent congressional legislation has essentially given the Department of Defense the ultimatum to cut costs for beneficiaries wherever possible, or risk having benefits arbitrarily cut by Congress. In the face of this possibility, cutting costs through better business practices must be explored, particularly within the area of pharmacy operations. This project explores the potential cost savings that can be realized by implementing Lean Six Sigma (LSS) methodology in the pharmacy operations of the DoD Medical Treatment Facilities (MTF). This research proves that implementing Lean Six Sigma methodology will improve military pharmacy operations, often at little cost, while realizing significant savings and increased customer satisfaction.


Descriptors :   *PHARMACIES , *COST REDUCTION , DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE , HEALTH CARE FACILITIES , CONGRESS , MILITARY OPERATIONS , UNITED STATES


Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Pharmacology


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE