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Learn inventory from Mr. Miyagi

Medtrade Spring preview

LAS VEGAS – Any fan of the 1984 movie The Karate Kid remembers the way wise Mr. Miyagi trained young Daniel in karate by having him master basic steps and repeating them over and over.

ThedaCare at Home learns from gemba

Provider wins third place in HME Excellence Awards

APPLETON, Wis. – It’s called “going to gemba”—a Japanese word that’s part of the Lean lexicon, meaning going to the heart of the work to study core processes.

Gemba walks, teachable moments and standard work checklists

Thursday, June 14, 2012
Chris Calderone
president and founder of Lean Homecare Consulting Group

As leaders, we are routinely called upon to perform the “routine”—those everyday tasks and activities that comprise a leader’s typical day.


Don't let performance improvement fatigue set in


Operational efficiency has become a commonly used phrase as HME providers figure out how to deal with declining reimbursement and rising costs.

Company's growth triggers lean journey


GREEN BAY, Wis. – Green Bay Home Medical Equipment in June began applying lean principles to its service department as a way of doing more work with the same number of employees.

Be lean, not mean


Applying lean principles, particularly in the healthcare industry, is “catching on fire,” says consultant Janice Ahlstrom.

Productivity: Leverage Lean's 5S


Q. How can I help  employees create the best working environment?