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Standardization can mean many things in a healthcare business, and it can benefit the single facility as well as the multi-site facility. Whatever the number of sites, standardization has the potential to yield positive results, including cost and time savings and improved patient outcomes.Contact Us
Supply chain executives must rely on all kinds of people and things in order to integrate their non-acute members into the health system‘s supply chain. Data is essential. Formularies too. A reliable medical-surgical distributor is a must. But beneath it all, supply chain executives must rely on themselves. Learn how a war room and the power of collaboration improved standardization by 66% for this health system.
Most supply chain executives know that standardizing medical-surgical products and equipment is challenging enough within a single facility, much less across multiple sites of care. Jon Manitta, director of purchasing and project manager for George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates, and Michael Cassaro, Office of Strategic Sourcing Manager for Atrius Health, discuss the intricacies of product standardization and its potential benefits.
Armed with real-time product intelligence, today’s supply chain professionals are becoming sophisticated cost engineers capable of transforming the hospital supply chain into a strategic business asset. For Kelli McRory, no clinical product – from table paper to electrodes – is too small to warrant meticulous cost and utilization analysis when it comes to spend management.
With more 85 percent of patient visits occurring in the non-acute space, it’s more important than ever for health systems to implement efficient supply chains at these sites to help manage costs and support optimal care. At a recent Becker’s Hospital Review, more than 25 supply chain, financial, IT and clinical leaders discussed the unique set of challenges associated with the non-acute supply chain and to share management strategies that have proven successful at their own organizations.
As value-based reimbursement models place a premium on better outcomes for lower costs, health systems are turning to product standardization as a solution. We asked Jon Pildis, vice president of materials management at McKesson, to explain how product standardization works and to identify the actions health systems can take to make the pursuit of product standardization a core tenet across their entire enterprise.
Often administered by injection or infusion, specialty pharmaceuticals can be very expensive. And they’re highly regulated. Many specialty pharmaceuticals require climate-controlled storage and special handling. For these reasons and more, specialty pharmaceuticals represent one more opportunity for supply chain professionals to use their expertise in managing high-dollar, temperature sensitive products while controlling costs.
When various facilities within your health system are performing laboratory testing, you may find that your lab program is not working as well as it could be. Consistency in processes and equipment is critical to accurately measuring patient populations and to your business’s workflow. Standardizing all of your facilities to the most efficient and cost-effective methods can help pay big dividends.
Opportunity presents itself in strange ways. Often, it comes disguised as a challenge. Forward-looking organizations are eager to embrace it. Lehigh Valley Physician Group (LVPG) in Allentown, Pennsylvania – part of the Lehigh Valley Health Network – is such a forward-looking organization. Last year, it transformed a revised FDA regulation into a better diagnostics option for its clinics.
Quickly integrating non-acute business operations into a health system’s overall supply chain is key to generating value for both parties. But compared to the acute space, the logistics and regulatory oversight involved in non-acute supply chain can be enormously complicated.
Health systems’ supply chains play an important role in providing clinicians with the freedom to focus on care and not on supply chain activities. Here are four ways supply chain can provide clinicians with a holistic flu program, encompassing prevention, diagnostics and treatment.
At the recent Supply Chain Leadership Forum during the AHRMM conference in Washington, D.C., a group of supply chain executives came together to discuss current issues affecting health systems, including product standardization across multiple sites of care. Learn how simple technologies such as online ordering systems, approval rules and inventory management systems can help health systems better manage product formularies.
As vertical consolidation among health systems ramps up, healthcare facilities face significant pressure to improve patient outcomes and reduce costs. This article examines opportunities for providers to leverage partnerships with non-acute suppliers and use supply chain and data analytics to identify cost savings opportunities, capitalize on new channels of revenue generation and improve patient care.
The complexity of managing a non-acute network of facilities is often significantly underestimated. Each specialty – from physician offices to surgery centers to home health – has different medical-surgical, pharmaceutical and lab supply needs. Here are four ways analytics can help improve supply chain operations across sites.