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Ask Your Distributor For Help Meeting Your Savings Targets

Ask Your Distributor For Help Meeting Your Savings Targets

Predictions for 2019 are all over the news, and it’s no surprise that healthcare providers are expected to be under continued pressure to reduce costs. As you look for ways to reduce total supply chain costs, one of the questions you may hear is “why don’t we just buy direct from manufacturers and save on [...]

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Posted in: Cost Management, How distributors make a difference

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Demand For Primary Care Surges With Rising Obesity

Demand For Primary Care Surges With Rising Obesity

By 2026, spending on physician and clinical services is expected to exceed $1 trillion annually. Key drivers of this growth are rising rates of obesity and the associated uptick in related health issues. Obese Americans spend an average of $4,870 per year on healthcare, $1,270 more than an American of average weight. By 2030, half [...]

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Demand For Home Care, Hospice Service Skyrockets As Population Ages

Demand For Home Care, Hospice Service Skyrockets As Population Ages

By 2056, the number of Americans age 65 and older is estimated to exceed the U.S. population under the age of 18, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Due to the aging of the population and the associated rise in demand for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), researchers expect demand for SNF housing [...]

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Clinical Results Most Important To ASC Decision-Makers

Clinical Results Most Important To ASC Decision-Makers

When selecting a new product, 64% of ambulatory surgery center (ASC) leaders say demonstrated clinical results is one of the top factors, according to HIDA’s 2018 Provider Survey: Technology Drives ASC Expansion. Cost control is a close second, but 53% of ASCs say improving clinical outcomes is the most important supply chain goal. One-third of [...]

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Hospital Labs Look To Manage Staffing, Cost Challenges

Hospital Labs Look To Manage Staffing, Cost Challenges

Staffing is the leading challenge for hospital labs in the coming year, according to HIDA’s 2018 Provider Survey: Hospital Laboratories Scrutinize Operations. These providers also cite inadequate staffing as having a negative impact on productivity. In addition to the conventional approaches to addressing staff shortages (improving recruitment, salary increases), these providers are looking at how [...]

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Posted in: Best Practices, Efficient Access, HIDA Resources, Research & Analysis

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Pharmacies And Stores See Increase In Flu Vaccinations

Pharmacies And Stores See Increase In Flu Vaccinations

The percentage of adults receiving a flu shot at a pharmacy or store rose to 28.2% in 2017, up from 24.3% in 2016. Despite this increase, the doctor’s office remains the most popular location for receiving a flu vaccine, with 34.7% of adults and 64.6% of children receiving the shot in this setting. Outside of [...]

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Posted in: Emergency preparedness & contingency planning, HIDA Resources, Medicaid/Medicaid, Policy Outlook & Analysis, Supply chain data trends

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Distributors Help Health Systems Do More With Less

Distributors Help Health Systems Do More With Less

Sixty-four percent of health systems say lowering operating costs is a top challenge, according to HIDA’s 2018 Provider Survey: Managing Growth. When it comes to cost cutting, the idea that you need to “cut out the middle man” to achieve savings is common, but eliminating a distributor would risk bringing a health system’s smooth operations to [...]

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Health Systems Are Planning For Growth

Health Systems Are Planning For Growth

Two-thirds of health systems plan to acquire or expand care settings this year, according to HIDA’s 2018 Provider Survey: Managing Growth. With this growth comes a number of supply chain challenges, particularly aligning acute and post-acute supply chains. A majority of respondents say working with a national group purchasing organization (GPO) is helpful in managing [...]

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