How a Community Purchasing Strategy for Hospital Services and Supplies Can Improve Community Health and Strengthen Communities in the New Year

01/14/22

Amid all the uncertainties facing the health care industry today, one thing is clear. We need to continue to improve the health of our communities and do so in a way that supports, honors and leverages diversity. One of the most impactful actions hospitals can take is to reimagine their sourcing—from accounting and IT services, to landscaping and laundry, to biomedical services and surgical products—creating a broader, more equitable network of diverse suppliers. The benefits are far reaching, creating local jobs that strengthen the local economy and in turn, improving health outcomes and equity.

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How Surgical Tray Standardization Saved One Hospital $50,000 and What You Should Know

12/22/21

As hospitals and health systems continue to work to manage costs while maintaining quality, surgical tray standardization remains an untapped resource for many organizations. As surgeons request instruments based on their individual preferences, the size of surgical trays continues to grow. And as the number of instruments on a surgical tray grows, the use of those instruments declines, creating unnecessary costs to purchase, process and manage the instruments. Standardizing surgical trays can support hospital efforts to manage costs and maintain quality, but for many are an untapped resource. Here’s what you need to know.

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Supply Chain Lessons: Managing Change is Inherent to Success

12/21/21

Today more than ever managing change is an inherent part of a supply chain leader’s role. Backorders, substitutions and supplier changes have become almost daily events. While some of these changes may be transparent to end-users, such as changing an office supply, others, such as a critical patient care item, may involve shifting processes and procedures that affect multiple departments across the hospital. In my experience, the latter requires clear communication to all affected groups and end-users to successfully implement wide-reaching supply chain changes.

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30 Years in Health Care Supply Chain … Why?

10/27/21

My vice president recently asked our team to think about our “why” as it relates to our career in the health care supply chain. While I love the work I do, I realized I had never really thought about why I continue in this field. After a bit of soul searching, I was able to determine what keeps me in health care.

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Observation of the Shifting Market Dynamics in Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures

10/20/21

Health care is constantly changing and evolving and with the continual movement towards technological integration, the competitive landscape for minimally invasive surgical procedures using robotics will change over the next few years. We expect to see the rollout of new robotic equipment and more manufacturers entering the market. The question is, how will this affect the future of robotic-assisted surgical procedures being performed within your health system?

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Utilization: The Next Frontier for Hospital Supply Chain Savings

10/19/21

There’s a Swedish proverb that says, “He who buys what he doesn't need steals from himself.” This applies to hospitals and health systems, too. One additional strategy supply chain leaders can use to reduce expenses is not to spend it where you don’t have to. Here are three areas where supply chain leaders can examine utilization to drive savings and reduce operating and capital expenses with services, supplies and equipment.

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Health Care Sustainable Procurement: toxic-free health care begins with the supply chain

10/14/21

The facts are clear, painting a picture of growing toxic chemicals in humans. Many of these industrial chemicals have been linked to negative impacts on human health and development, such as cancer, endocrine, genetic and immune system disruption, as well as damage to the brain, lungs, kidneys, liver and reproductive system. Health care organizations can combine their collective voice and purchasing power to drive changes in the marketplace.

 

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Ultrasound Infection Prevention: Balancing Essential Safety Measures and Cost Effectiveness

09/14/21

Due to expansion in applications and smaller point of care options, the use of ultrasound technology continues to grow. Though many clinicians may be familiar with what ultrasound equipment is, they may not be as familiar with the gel products used to properly operate these systems as well as important infection control practices related to them. Here are three essential considerations to ensure proper infection control practices related to ultrasound gel products.

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The Reemergent Rumblings of Consolidated Service Centers: Does it Make Sense for your Supply Chain?

08/10/21

There’s no doubt that the current pandemic has changed the way we think about many things in nearly all aspects of our lives, both personally and in our work. For hospital and health system supply chain leaders, that means continuing to manage the large amounts of personal protective equipment (PPE) that was once desperately needed and hard to find. The storage challenges that ensued became more permanent as states begin to mandate how much PPE hospitals were required to have on hand. With so much change and uncertainty, your approach to inventory management will need to change, too.

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Best Practices for Identifying and Communicating Cost Outliers to Physicians

07/23/21

In my 15+ years of advising hospitals across the nation about how to identify and evaluate variations in the cost of care, I’ve learned a great deal about how physicians select the products they use during surgery. And one thing is certain: physicians often don’t have a way to compare their selections to that of their peers. Providing the right product utilization information in the right way can make all the difference. Here are some of the most effective ways I’ve found to identify those cost outliers and present the total cost of care information to physicians.

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