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The PBS NewsHour report featuring Virginia Mason's work to eliminate waste, lower costs and improve quality through the Virginia Mason Production System (VMPS) aired Oct. 24. 2012. The story is a follow-up to the recent Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, "The Best Care at Lower Cost: The Path to Continuously Learning Health Care in America," developed by a committee that included Gary S. Kaplan, MD, Virginia Mason chairman and CEO. The IOM report noted the U.S. health care system wastes more than $750 billion each year.

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