Showing posts with label waste disposal. Show all posts
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Monday, June 14, 2010

Thomson Reuters Paper Charts Course to Eliminating $3.6 Trillion in Healthcare Waste in a Decade

14 Jun 2010 07:00 Africa/Lagos

Thomson Reuters Paper Charts Course to Eliminating $3.6 Trillion in Healthcare Waste in a Decade

ANN ARBOR, Mich., June 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. healthcare industry can eliminate $3.6 trillion in healthcare waste over the next 10 years by addressing a series of operational inefficiencies, according to a white paper published today by Thomson Reuters.

The report analyzes the country's leading public and private sector efforts to reduce waste in the healthcare system and identifies five proven strategies that have been deployed in the real world to cut costs and improve patient care.

"Last year, we published a report concluding that the U.S. healthcare system wastes $700 billion a year," said Bob Kelley, vice president for healthcare analytics at Thomson Reuters and co-author of the paper released today. "This new report describes a possible path for significantly reducing that waste."

By systematically incorporating these best practices into the organizational structure of the healthcare industry, the new paper says, it's possible to cut waste 5 percent per year. Over 10 years, that would add up to $3.6 trillion and keep total healthcare expenditures at their current rate of about 17 percent of the nation's gross domestic product (GDP). Among the strategies outlined in the paper are the following:

-- Engage Consumers: By engaging the public in discussions with their
caregivers regarding the value and risk of specific treatment options,
it is possible to dramatically reduce money spent for unnecessary

-- Coordinate Care: Healthcare providers lacking access to patients'
medical records leads to the duplication of tests and inappropriate
treatments that are estimated to cost up to $50 billion annually.
Simple incentives have made a significant difference in the
implementation of electronic records in several healthcare systems.

-- Manage Disease and Maintain Wellness: This strategy ensures that
patients are actively engaged, along with their clinicians, in
managing their own health through attention to personal behavior,
disease prevention, early detection and appropriate care for chronic

-- Design for Patient Safety and Quality: Preventable medical errors
account for $50 billion to $100 billion in annual healthcare spending.
By implementing a simple checklist approach based on evidence-based
best practices, several healthcare systems have improved patient
outcomes and reduced costs.

-- Reduce Opportunities for Fraud: In 2007, when the U.S. spent roughly
$2.3 trillion on healthcare, fraud was estimated to account for as
much as 5 to 10 percent of healthcare spending, according to a report
published by the George Washington University School of Public Health
and Health Services. Computerized systems that track data anomalies to
identify fraud and breaches in payment integrity have been proven to
stem these costs in several state Medicaid programs.

"We started with a premise that RAND Health researchers put forth in a recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine -- it is reasonable to set a goal of constraining healthcare spending to its current share of the GDP," said Ray Fabius, M.D., chief medical officer at Thomson Reuters and co-author of the white paper. "Then we investigated initiatives that have successfully reduced healthcare costs without sacrificing quality -- real-world examples of what's possible -- and in some cases estimated the savings if they were widely replicated.

"The result, detailed in this paper, is one path for reaching this goal over the next decade."

The study can be downloaded at (A simple registration is required.)

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Thursday, July 2, 2009

LAWMA is Corrupt

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LAWMA is Corrupt

The Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has been accused of gross abuse of power and financial crimes by the majority of the resident of the most populous state in Nigeria.

The residents have frowned at the bills LAWMA demanded they must pay for services not rendered.
LAWMA employed the service of several contractors for the disposal of waste in the state, but the residents alleged that these contractors have already asked them to pay bills before the commencement of their operation.
“Imagine, LAWMA asking tenants to pay twelve thousand naira for waste disposal when no LAWMA waste disposal truck has come to carry the refuse in our estate. LAWMA is using these so called contractors to extort levies from residents,” complained one of the aggrieved residents.
“Is LAWMA asking us to pay before service? When many of the waste disposal trucks used by LAWMA break down daily on the street and have been causing obstruction to traffic,” said another resident.


Many waste disposal trucks used by LAWMA have been abandoned on the streets for days with the stench from the refuse causing pollution of the atmosphere and residents hissing in disgust and disapproval of the incompetent management of LAWMA in Lagos state. Many Lagosians are questioning the criteria used in the procurement of the services of these so called waste management contractors.