Supply Chain Management News

Issue 2, March 2017

In Case You Missed It

Issue 1, January 2017

  • 01/26/17

    Hospital purchasing decisions are driven by clinical, operational and financial considerations, including patient outcomes, product quality, ease-of-use, supplier value-adds—as well as cost and product availability.

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  • 01/26/17

    With the prevalence of non-acute care in today’s health care landscape, supply chain leaders are watching their scope of responsibilities substantially increase. Knowing that rapid change is an integral part of the industry today,

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  • 01/26/17

    In today’s health care landscape, an ever-increasing emphasis is placed on the principles of responsible purchasing to protect both human health and the environment in which we live.

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  • 01/26/17

    The most recent Vizient Drug Price Forecast, published on Jan. 19, provides projections of drug price behavior for purchase categories that make up the majority of total pharmacy spend. The semi-annual report, developed using our industry-leading analytic software and the extensive industry knowledge of our pharmacy contracting team, also includes:

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  • 01/26/17

    Last month, the Journal of Healthcare Contracting featured an article about diverse supplier programs, marking the first time this publication has ever highlighted the topic of supplier diversity.

    Vizient’s Mark Cartwright, senior director of supplier diversity, was interviewed for the article. Also interviewed were two Vizient members, Kevin Price of Novant Health and Tim Martin of CHRISTUS Health, as well as a Vizient contracted veteran-owned supplier (Mercury Medical).

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  • 01/26/17

    The Vizient Pediatric Council recently influenced the development of Pampers’ Preemie Swaddlers Size P-3 diaper, which accommodates premature Extremely Low Birth Weight (ELBW) babies.  

    On Nov. 1, 2016, Vizient added these new diapers to contract for members at a comparable price to their other preemie diapers—members do not pay a premium for the new product. The product improves outcomes for the tiniest of hospital patients and their families.

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Issue 5, November 2016

  • 11/17/16

    After Vizient’s acquisition of MedAssets’ SCM and Sg2 segments in February, the company’s leaders immediately set about their mission of bringing the organizations together. Among their most challenging tasks: combine two of the industry’s largest contract portfolios

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  • 11/17/16

    Health care organizations have long understood the opportunities inherent in working together to develop solutions that address individual challenges. Powered by automated data collection and analysis tools not available 10 years ago

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  • 11/17/16

    In health care economics, hospitals have long held the top spot. While that is unlikely to change from a cost perspective, trends in patient utilization suggest their economic viability may soon hinge on how well they manage care delivered outside their four walls.

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  • 11/17/16

    In the dynamic world of spine and neuromodulation devices, it’s more important than ever for non-clinical hospital staff to stay informed on market trends and new devices entering the market.

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  • 11/17/16

    On January 20, 2017, Donald J. Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States of America. He comes into this role after what many consider to be the greatest political upset in modern day history. The uncertainty ahead that many speak of is not meant necessarily in a positive or negative way, but rather speaks primarily to what happens when a self-proclaimed political outsider joins what is largely considered a “club” of lifetime politicians.

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  • 11/17/16

    Tune in to the Journal of Healthcare Contracting Healthcare Supply Chain Radio to hear an interview with Rand Ballard, chief customer officer at Vizient. During this podcast, Rand shares what he believes to be characteristics of successful supply chain leaders, what supply chain leaders of the future need to do to be successful and how providers need to evolve to succeed in the ever-changing health care industry.

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Issue 1, March 2016