Supply chain

  • 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...
  • 11/02/16
    Unique device identifiers (UDIs) have begun their integration into hospitals and their supply chains. Supply chain leaders are preparing to take the next step in their journey to ensure patients receive high quality products that improve outcomes – and the government is helping pave the way.more...
  • 09/24/16
    While attending the National Nuclear Security Administration 2016 Mo-99 conference in St. Louis last week, I learned of a report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS) citing the 50 percent likelihood of a shortage of molybdenum-99 (Mo-99). Mo-99 is used to produce technetium-99m (Tc-99m), which is used in millions of diagnostic procedures annually.more...
  • 06/03/16
    Each year, the arrival of spring coincides with announcements from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) about proposed changes to hospital inpatient reimbursement policy and rates for the coming year. So while the calendar and weather signal a coming of better things, reading over the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) plan for 2017 signals continued turbulence for hospitals.more...
  • 04/13/16
    After years of development, the ABSORB Vascular Bioresorbable Scaffold finally had its day before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Circulatory System Devices Panel on March 15. The news didn’t disappoint. The panel overwhelmingly recommended that the FDA approve the new device. Now we wait for the FDA to complete its work, which generally takes a few months, and then hopefully the device will become available in the U.S.more...
  • 12/16/15
    All around the country, growing marketplace pressures coupled with government regulations and new incentives are causing hospital CEOs to rethink their strategic plans. As health care transitions from volume to value based, many blueprints written earlier this decade have lost much of their relevance and appropriateness in the new world of accountable care organizations and population health management initiatives. And just as the environment is new, forward thinking CEOs are thinking anew as...more...
  • 12/01/15
    What an exciting time in health care. The ability to quickly adapt to rapid change is critical to success in tomorrow’s health care environment.  Similarly, we are constantly evolving to best serve you, your patients and your communities.more...