Supply chain

  • Useful tips to help prevent holiday disruptions
    05/31/18
    It’s almost a given that no matter how smoothly your hospital supply chain runs during normal operating hours, there is always some hiccup that occurs on those “non-normal” days. Surviving those times requires one thing: preparation. With up to seven holidays and long weekends per year, a lack of preparation and planning can easily create issues with customer service. To help you prepare your supply chain department for possible holiday disruptions, I’m sharing a list...more...
  • 05/18/18
    The world has become connected. Social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn connect us to friends, family and associates. We now share information and experiences in real-time. Smart phone apps and exercise trackers log our health habits and congratulate us just for walking through the grocery store.more...
  • 05/16/18
    Clinical-supply integration (CSI) centers on ensuring that supply and device decisions reside with physicians and provides a vehicle to drive out unwarranted clinical variation. To do this, physicians must be informed by verified, accurate data. And, though data alone cannot integrate your supply chain, you cannot clinically integrate your supply chain without it. That’s because it’s the foundation of CSI and also the driver that sustains it.more...
  • 12/28/17
    If you’re a hospital administrator looking for cost savings, just follow your nose to the cafeteria. Among those cheeseburgers and tossed salads, your hospital cafeteria probably offers more savings opportunities than you imagined: Consider that the cost of food and food-related services in a hospital or health care system can represent between 8 and 12 percent of your annual purchased services spend.more...
  • 09/19/17
    In a dynamic similar to the childhood game, hot potato, it seems that no side – payers, hospitals or suppliers – wants to be stuck alone at the end managing the high cost of care in the joint reconstruction market. Like kids playing the game, everyone is doing what they can to shift the hot potato of cost management elsewhere. In a webinar broadcast earlier this month, I shared what this game of hot potato looks like and other findings from the Vizient Technology Watch, Volume 2,...more...
  • 05/31/17
    One thing everyone in health care can agree on is the unprecedented level of uncertainty swirling around our industry. The new administration has promised change for the better, but we don’t yet know what that change will look like or to what extent any new programs will affect the health care modifications already underway. While we wait and speculate, I can pass along some market insights for hospitals, physicians and supply chain leaders on cardiovascular medical devices.more...
  • 05/30/17
    In the past few months, I have received feedback from numerous hospital supply chain leaders on the topic of consultants. A consistent message I hear is that consultants must demonstrate the right skills to meet the needs of the business and also have the right chemistry to fit in with the member’s culture. It brings to mind the children’s fairy tale, Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Goldilocks tries the first bed to discover it's too big, then tries the second bed to find out...more...
  • 05/16/17
    Increasing sustainability practices in health care food service is all the rage right now. 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...
  • 01/23/17
    It’s no surprise that reviewing purchased services contract categories like laundry, medical waste or language interpretation can seem like a daunting task—almost like trying to climb Mount Everest. How you and the group view the mountain is critical. Looking from the foot of the mountain, it might seem impossible. Conversely, looking from a higher vantage point, you would get a different perspective and see how to move around the mountain. It’s all about perspective.more...
  • 11/16/16
    It’s a generally accepted fact that purchased services account for 20 to 30 percent of a hospital’s total expenses. It’s also generally accepted that with more than 300 categories, it’s a largely untapped source of savings across the health care supply chain. And, with contract ownership spread over a multitude of departments in a typical health system, gaining traction around negotiating new agreements is a lot like trying to eat Jell-O with chopsticks—it isn...more...