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CBA’s Sustainable Approach Helps Olathe Medical Center Realize $8.7M in Savings, Then Complete Three More Workouts On Their Ow


Olathe Medical Center, an independent and locally owned system delivering a wide range of high-tech care in Olathe, Kansas, was looking for an action-oriented solution to help solve the following challenges:

  • Community was growing, giving Olathe an opportunity to grab outpatient market share and expand – had no strategy for identifying opportunities and capitalizing on them.
  • Needed a sense of urgency and method for creating accountability.
  • Acquired a small community hospital with disparate processes that needed to be integrated.
  • Experiencing challenges collecting AR in a timely manner.
  • Process changes not corresponding to the bottom line.
  • Suffering from patient cancelations and no-shows.
  • Feeling the pressure of Medicare putting more dollars at risk, need for better HCAHP scores.
  • Lacked a structure to monitor and track activity.

Although Olathe Medical Center did consider additional Lean Six Sigma training for its staff, it was determined that would not be enough to meet the rapid changes at the heart of their needs. They needed a solution that would motivate the entire staff, fully engaging managers and directors, while breaking down the barriers and resistance to change.

Solution Applied

Olathe Medical Center engaged CBA, tapping its expertise and 15 years of ensuring continuity and sustainable work through leadership coaching and driving accountability.

Together they focused on designing a system that included proven methods from CBA’s American College of Healthcare-sponsored research of U.S. top margin improvers, featuring the following critical success factors:

  • Sustainable and re-usable training and tools for increasing focus, accountability and speed of implementation.
  • Inter-department collaboration constructs.
  • Teaching directors and senior leaders to “connect the dots” between process changes and cost center impact to produce tangible ROI.
  • 100-Day Workouts to make them accountable.

Engaging Managers & Directors

Engaging directors and managers in tactical, process-oriented organizational change to increase margin in their cost centers was necessary for the entire organization to reach its goals.

Olathe Medical Center adopted CBA’s 100-Day Workout accountability structure to meet these needs. With CBA’s guidance, they worked though the fi rst two 100-Day Workouts focused on Quality Waste and Growth/Leakage. From there, Olathe Medical Center went on to perform three more workouts on their own, for a combined boosting of ROI in the following areas:

  • Multiple Workouts for Quality Waste
  • Growth/Leakage
  • Customer, Quality & Growth
  • Net Revenue Growth

The 100-Day Workout system makes progress, or its absence, instantly visible, thus demanding a corrective response from leadership when unacceptable deviations from plans occur. Critical to the workout, is a minimum of two (mandatory) successful process changes for all managers, directors, and senior leaders, per month. These changes are what move the hospital toward its fi nancial goals while creating a sense of urgency and encouraging the commitment to change to run throughout the organization.

Throughout this process CBA also taught Olathe Medical Center’s staff how to leverage its core programs like Rapid Cycle Testing and the resources of the CBA ToolBOX, so they could act on the information they were receiving to improve operating margin as a whole. This approach teaches clients to reuse what they learn while creating an experimental mind set, reducing the fear of failure, increasing speed and reducing barriers to change.

Most importantly, this introduced CBA’s EXCELerator™ - an online accountability tool giving Olathe Medical Center a structure for:

  • Validating process changes that affect the bottom line.
  • Creating a sense of urgency.
  • Taking ownership of changes, assigning accountability and tracking key plans.
  • Providing a way to monitor implementation.


The hospital’s leadership involvement throughout the planning and implementation processes instilled buy-in and created a strong culture of accountability among the management team.

Coaching and training the Olathe team during the fi rst two 100-Day Workouts enabled them to take what they learned and complete another three workouts on their own - for a total of over $16M in planned savings, and $8.7M of that budgetized by the CFO.

The structure delivered by 100-Day Workouts helped Olathe Medical Center in multiple areas:

  • Integrating physicians, billing, services, etc. for an acquired hospital was accelerated and simple.
  • Able to capture new market share and expand outpatient services.
  • Revamped scheduling processes to reduce cancelations and no-shows and see as many patients as possible.
  • Close gap on value-based purchasing scores with Medicare.
  • Improved billing submissions and days in A/R by making sure charges submitted in a timely manner and billing and coding are best in class.

Below is a detailed look at Olathe Medical Center’s $8.7M in CFO-validated results.

100-Day Workout 1: Quality Waste – Directors and Physician Leaders

Savings from detailed plans $10M
Completed changes $4.8M
Validated & budgetized by CFO $6.66M
Director/manager changes 496

100-Day Workout 2: Growth/Leakage

Savings from detailed plans $2.8M
Completed changes $1.74M
Validated & budgetized by CFO $1.5M
Director/manager changes 351

Cumulative Margin Improvement

Detailed Plans Total Changes Completed CFO-Budgetized
$16M 847 $8.2M $8.7M

In addition to the initial marginal improvements, Olathe Medical Center now has a sustainable accountability system and a team of senior leaders, directors, and managers who have mastered short-term goal-setting, project management, overcoming barriers to rapid change, building coalitions and collaboratives, Rapid Cycle Testing, and more. All skills they can continue to use on their own to advance ROI.