Untapped Opportunities for Saving Millions

11 cost-cutting strategies with big near-term potential

This study equips nurse leaders to act on the four best cost-saving opportunities.

untapped opportunites for saving millions

Health care leaders are setting ambitious cost-cutting goals to fund new resources and care delivery investments. To achieve these goals sooner rather than later, they'll need to target areas of expenditure with the biggest near-term savings potential—which aren't those you might expect.

This study equips nurse leaders to act on the four ripest cost-saving opportunities: reducing premium labor, modernizing outdated care protocols, eliminating supply waste, and restructuring unfavorable contract terms.





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The problem with 'budget-driven' cost cutting

Almost 80% of hospital executives say they're trying to reduce operating costs by at least 5% over the next three years. Many will decide where and how much to cut based on current budget allocation—an approach that puts labor (particularly nursing labor) front-and-center. But this strategy overlooks smaller budget categories where most hospitals will find their best opportunities for near-term savings.

An 'opportunity-driven' approach changes cost-savings targets

Rather than focusing on big-budget items, hospital executives should target untapped opportunities to reduce spending and evaluate each based on savings potential and applicability.

As the charts below illustrate, this opportunity-driven approach fundamentally alters the cost-cutting conversation and shifts the focus to reducing premium labor, modernizing outdated care protocols, eliminating supply waste, and correcting unfavorable contract terms.

Hospital Operating Costs vs. Largest Cost-Reduction Opportunities

Opportunity-driven Savings Targets

The 11 strategies detailed in this study will help nurse leaders generate significant savings in each of these areas:

  • Premium labor
  • Outdated care protocols
  • Supply waste
  • Unfavorable contract terms

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