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  • 08/21/19
    “APAGOREUETAI TO KAPNISMA” Or, how about “VIETATO FUMARE” Well, okay then, what about     They all mean the same thing, but unless you speak Greek or Italian, the first two instructions may not have been clear.more...
  • Budget Considerations for Sterile Compounding Areas
    08/19/19
    There are areas in health care facilities that require specific environmental controls and operational procedures to ensure safety, such as patient isolation rooms, surgical suites and compounding areas. Environmental or procedural breaches in these “high consequence” spaces may lead to adverse events, causing harm, or even death, for pharmacists, caregivers and patients.more...
  • Sg2, a Vizient company
    08/16/19
    If you successfully submitted your application and data request for CMS’ Bundled Payment for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI Advanced) then you, like many across the U.S. health care system, gave a sigh of relief when the clock struck midnight on June 24. That relief, however, will be brief.more...
  • 08/15/19
    There are many Lean tools available to use to improve a process. But oftentimes it’s difficult to select the appropriate one because the issue isn’t clearly defined. This leaves managers asking, “What tool is the most appropriate? How do I communicate the need for this process change? Is the issue worthy of a full Lean event such as kaizen or can I solve the problem in a different way?”more...
  • 08/12/19
    If you’ve ever driven a car in a light rain and struggled to match the timing of your intermittent windshield wipers to the rate at which the rain was falling, you’ve crossed paths with Robert W. Kearns. Mr. Kearns received multiple patents in 1967 for his design of intermittent windshield wipers, which utilize an electronic gadget called a capacitor. Capacitors store electricity until they reach their maximum capacity, at which point they release the electricity in a pulse. By...more...
  • 08/06/19
    Increasing sustainability efforts in health care food service is no longer a trend but a standard practice. Driving the conversation is the obesity epidemic, the effect of meat and dairy production on climate change and the extensive use of non-therapeutic antibiotics in the production of poultry, beef and pork. Adding to the urgency is the increased focus on enhancing the patient experience. In today’s world of quality patient care, food matters. more...
  • 08/01/19
    According to historians, evidence of scale use dates back about 4,500 years. The fulcrum scale, based on the ancient balance scale concept, is still used in advanced laboratory settings because of its simplicity and precision.more...
  • Sg2, a Vizient company
    07/30/19
    There’s a lot happening in traditional Medicare alternative payment model (APM) development and evolution. Because we recently passed the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI Advanced) application deadline on June 24 and the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) notice of intent to apply (NOIA) deadline on June 28, I want to remind organizations of the various programs and their associated deadlines, as well as the opportunity (or lack thereof) for entry. Let’s...more...
  • 07/25/19
    No matter how seasoned a supply chain professional you may be, it’s important to periodically evaluate your department and how it compares to others across the country. To avoid becoming stagnant, you should never stop testing, evaluating or working to improve. By testing the health of your supply chain, you get an understanding of where you need to focus your efforts and align your supply chain activities with leading industry practices. Below are 10 questions that will help identify...more...
  • 07/22/19
    Ideally, 90% of transactions within the health care supply chain should be covered by a contract. Yet, with more than 100 different contract management software platforms available today, many organizations still use spreadsheets and filing cabinets to manage them. Is this truly maximizing a contract’s purpose and value?more...