Emergency Medicine Now and in the Future

09/08/20

Have you ever wondered how hospital emergency departments (EDs) got their name when a large majority of the people who visit them are not experiencing an emergency? Should they be called something else, or should they finally serve only those patients with emergencies? These are interesting thoughts and questions; the answers are not easily surmised.

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The Perils of a Fire Sale in the Wake of the Pandemic

08/26/20

In his latest blog post, Vizient Research Institute executive director Tom Robertson urges caution when contemplating the merits of additional provider consolidation stemming from the economic impacts of the global crisis. The mere prospect of all payer rate regulation somewhere down the road — hardly a certainty but extraordinarily disruptive were it to occur — makes applying traditional revenue and pricing assumptions to a new normal future increasingly tenuous.

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When Perception and Reality Are at Odds: 5 Ways to Get Clinician Buy-in for New Products

08/13/20

From cost-saving initiatives and quality enhancements to the introduction of new technology that will drive procedural efficiencies, there are many reasons for supply chain leaders to introduce new products to clinicians. But how new products are presented can make or break clinician acceptance.

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Refocusing on Accreditation Compliance After the Pandemic

08/10/20

Here are five key strategies to help refocus your team during this pandemic and resume proactive, continuous accreditation compliance to help ensure your organization is always “survey ready.”

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Transitioning from Value Analysis to Clinical-Supply Integration: It’s All About the Process

08/05/20

Clinical-supply integration (CSI) has become a recognizable concept for many health care organizations as they continue to focus on performance improvement. But many are unsure how to operationalize a CSI model that fits their organization. 

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Getting from Good to Great: Using Data to Move From Traditional Product Standardization to Clinical-Supply Integration

08/05/20

John D. Rockefeller once said, “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” It’s hard to argue with Rockefeller’s successful approach to business. To apply his philosophy in supply chain, we need to rethink our approach to product decision-making.

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How Do You Know What You Know? 3 Ways Clinical-Supply Integration Can Help You Make Better Decisions

08/05/20

Traditional value analysis committees have been making decisions on the purchase of clinical products and services for years. Typically residing in the supply chain department, these value analysis programs have not always been efficient.

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Clinical-Supply Integration vs. Value Analysis: Is There a Difference?

08/05/20

For years, health care supply chain professionals have been charged with balancing cost, quality and clinician preference when introducing new products and technologies to the organization. We often refer to this process as value analysis work and, more recently, it’s been referred to as clinical-supply integration. Is there really a difference between the two concepts?

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How to Strategize PPE Supply Capacity During a Shortage: Conventional, Contingency and Crisis Capacity Strategies

08/03/20

Never has personal protective equipment (PPE) been as coveted as it has been during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Sleep Center Surveys and Accreditation: Is Your Center Ready?

08/03/20

Sound sleep is an imperative in achieving and maintaining good health. Yet, according to the National Sleep Foundation, between 50 and 70 million Americans experience some sort of sleep or wakefulness disorder. Because of these statistics, sleep medicine is a growing specialty area and in high demand.

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