Imagine the following scenario. Your health system announced its intention to acquire and partner with local practitioners as part of its strategy to decrease the cost of care while delivering additional access points.
Tragic events can occur at any time, but avoidable ones somehow seem worse. In 2012, 64 people died and more than 700 people became ill due to a nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak. After an investigation, it was determined the cause of the outbreak was due to contaminated steroid injections prepared by a compounding pharmacy.
Supply aggregation groups, in various forms, have been around for many years. Now however, the constant push to lower costs combined with the movement toward value-based care, has increased interest from all types and sizes of hospitals.
In addition to caring for critically ill patients, caregivers and support staff are battling changes to workload, shortages in necessary PPE and concern for the safety of their own families; all leaving them vulnerable to extreme stress.
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