Jack Beal serves as the Vice President of Performance Improvement at the University of Kansas Health System, based in Kansas City, Kansas. In this role, he has responsibility for process, performance, and quality improvement work, the development, and deployment of the System’s improvement and management systems applied analytics, clinical variation reduction programs, and clinical and operational redesign across the inpatient and ambulatory enterprises. Jack is also Deputy General Counsel for the health system, providing leadership with respect to all legal and regulatory matters.
Jack completed his undergraduate at William Jewell College and a law degree at the University of Tulsa with the highest honors. Previously, Jack was a Shareholder at Polsinelli PC, where he practiced in the areas of health care and corporate law. While in private practice, his work included advisement on contracting and compliance needs. Jack also has significant experience with health care merger and acquisition transactions, with a focus on the structure, development, and negotiation of innovative arrangements to align and improve the quality and cost effectiveness of care in numerous settings.
While The University of Kansas Health System embarked on its data transformation journey in 2014, the health system needed to better leverage its data platform, analytics tools, and team to more rapidly improve their performance and the quality and speed of decision making in the organization. Specific objectives included understanding and improving the organization’s performance in safety, quality, effectiveness, efficiency, equity, access, and patient experience. Over three fiscal years, the organization has observed quality improvements in many areas, including a 0.69 O/E mortality rate for patients admitted to the hospital, $2.3 million in savings by reducing readmission rates, a 22.5 percent reduction in clostridioides difficile, and a 26 percent reduction in initial denials.
Participants will learn:
- How to improve the use of data and analytics.
- How to push data to the bleeding edges of the organization to achieve revenue, cost, and quality improvements.
- What tools, resources, and data team skills were used to achieve their improvement goals.