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Tefen USA Forecasts Top 10 Healthcare Challenges in 2008

Tuesday, November 13, 2007 General News J E 4
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NEW YORK, Nov. 13 From better management of the EmergencyDepartment to more efficient use of medical equipment, from serving waves ofaging baby boomers to more productively scheduling healthcare staff - thoseare among the top ten healthcare challenges facing hospital administrators in2008, according to management consulting firm Tefen USA.

"More than ever, hospital administrators will be in the hot seat nextyear, as they cope with new Medicare reimbursement rules, difficult staffingissues and growing cost control requirements," explained Barry Calogero,President, Tefen USA. "In our day-to-day work alongside our hospital andhealth system clients, we have a first-hand view of the difficult businessissues they face everyday."

According to Calogero and his team of U.S.-based healthcare consultants,here are the top ten operational challenges of 2008 and how the firm expectshealthcare administrators to address them:

According to Calogero, all of the above challenges require close attentionby hospital administrators. "By using tools traditionally associated withmanufacturing, such as Lean and Six Sigma, we work alongside our clients tocarefully analyze each situation and to develop an efficient, sustainablesolution based on their needs."

About Tefen

Tefen Ltd. is a leading international management consulting firm thatspecializes in helping organizations achieve performance excellence. Sinceits founding in 1982, the company has served some of the world's largest andfastest growing businesses, while acquiring a strong reputation as a costefficient, nimble consulting partner. From strategy through toimplementation, Tefen creates value by optimizing the competitiveness,reliability, and agility of its customers. With its hands-on approachphilosophy, the firm has achieved tremendous success in deliveringquantifiable and value-driven results. Headquartered in Israel and employingover 300 consultants worldwide, Tefen also has offices in Europe and in theUnited States.

About Tefen USA

Tefen USA is a subsidiary of Tefen, a global management consulting firmfounded in 1982. The company focuses on driving performance excellence toachieve improvements in cost, quality, and service delivery. Tefen USAsupports a variety of industries and has worked with many Fortune 500organizations. Tefen partners with clients to build quantified cases forchange, setting themselves apart by working with clients from strategy throughimplementation to achieve sustainable results.1. Emergency Department 'State of Emergency'- Chronic overcrowding in Emergency Departments will reach a fever pitch, with wait times hitting unsupportable levels. Administrators will focus renewed attention on relieving chronic overcrowding in the Emergency Department as patient dissatisfaction grows dramatically higher. Among the solutions they will increasingly employ: creating specialized treatment centers for non-urgent patients. 2. Reaching Nursing Critical Mass - To combat chronic shortages of healthcare professionals in nursing, providers will seek innovative ways to schedule their existing personnel to maintain the right staff, at the right level, at the right time. Improving all support systems to free nurses up to allow them greater focus on patient care will be examined in many institutions. 3. Baby Boomers: On the Cusp of an Explosion - As waves of baby boomers enter their sixties, provider organizations will ferociously compete to meet their healthcare needs and prepare for the dramatic increase in demand for healthcare services as a result of the demographics of this aging population. In 2008, many health systems will invest in new facilities expressly designed for baby boomers that sport well appointed private rooms. B
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