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New Clinical Supply Utilization Video
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New Clinical Supply Utilization Video

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The Right Way: Targeted Cost Savings
By February 20, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

The Right Way: Targeted Cost Savings

We can’t count the number of times a hospital supply chain manager has told us that his or her goal is to save 3, 5 or even 10 million dollars in supply chain savings as a one-time event. However, as HealthLeaders media so wisely says, “One-time slashes are not a long-term solution, you need smart, […]

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One of the Most Overlooked Cost Reduction Techniques
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One of the Most Overlooked Cost Reduction Techniques

Over the last few decades, we have been led to believe the notion that small incremental savings improvements (e.g., regional GPOs, value analysis, and standardization) were the way to keep our supply chain expense savings flowing even though our healthcare organization’s bottom line was sinking faster than we could plug the holes. Savings Gap Is a Huge […]

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Embracing Hospital Supply Utilization Reporting
By February 19, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Embracing Hospital Supply Utilization Reporting

There is a new trend in value analysis that you may have already noticed: value analysis teams are evolving from fragmented committee structures into highly organized, technically oriented, and evidence seeking teams. As such, these same teams are looking for a new level of detailed reporting that highlights supply utilization misalignments in their hospital’s supply streams.   […]

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Why You Must Take Control of Your Utilization Misalignments
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Why You Must Take Control of Your Utilization Misalignments

Very few organizations are as hectic, complex or as fast moving as a healthcare organization. This fact might not be a new observation to you, but have you considered all the ramifications of working in this kind of fast-paced environment? Need to Do Everything Right the First Time, but… What other job requires you to […]

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Are You Sure You Want To Standardize Everything?
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Are You Sure You Want To Standardize Everything?

We often see healthcare organizations whose standardization could be better, but the question is, how much better should it be? For you see, there is a point where standardization will start costing these hospitals, systems, and IDNs money instead of saving money. Standardization vs. Customization Conventional thinkers would tell you that standardization is a good […]

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Get the Most Savings Out of Your GPO Contracts – Beyond Price!
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Get the Most Savings Out of Your GPO Contracts – Beyond Price!

Supply chain managers focus a tremendous amount of effort towards their national and regional GPOs with their savings initiatives to gain the big results they are looking for. In reality, they are only saving a few pennies on the dollar with this tactic because they have been going to the GPO over and over again […]

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Supply Utilization Management Strategy
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Supply Utilization Management Strategy

Based on the new healthcare mandate for value-based purchasing rather than fee-for-service payments, have you thought out your supply utilization management strategy yet? Why? So you can help your healthcare organization improve quality and reduce its overall cost structure to ensure survival in the new healthcare environment we live and work in.     It’s […]

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Cost Savings in Challenging Times
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Cost Savings in Challenging Times

The secret of surviving in challenging times is a balance of short-term and long-term strategies to keep your savings flowing in good times and bad. Tendency to Beat Up on Your Suppliers There is a tendency to beat up on your suppliers in challenging times, but your suppliers are having the same challenges you are […]

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Supply Utilization Cycle Management Essentials
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Supply Utilization Cycle Management Essentials

The term Supply Utilization Cycle Management is defined as, “All supply chain, clinical, and operational practices that contribute to the over-utilization of products, services, and technologies.” It includes the management and control of the entire lifecycle of every product, service, and technology employed at a healthcare organization.   However, for this definition to be meaningful […]

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