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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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USTR Releases List Of Chinese Imports Subject To Tariffs

USTR Releases List Of Chinese Imports Subject To Tariffs

On June 15, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) identified $50 billion in Chinese imports that will be subject to a 25% tariff. The agency has published two lists of products affected by the tariff. The first list contains $34 billion worth of Chinese goods and will take effect July 6, 2018. The second list [...]

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Payers, Providers, And Patients Could All Feel Potential Tariff

Payers, Providers, And Patients Could All Feel Potential Tariff

Update (5/30/18): The White House has indicated it will place a 25% tariff on $50 billion of Chinese goods. The Trump Administration plans to finalize this list by June 15. By the end of that month, the administration will also announce investment restrictions and “enhanced export controls” for Chinese individuals and entities “related to the [...]

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Distributors Help Providers Find Savings

Distributors Help Providers Find Savings

Hospitals and health systems are increasingly looking to their distributor partners to meet the challenge of lowering costs and improving the quality of care, according to HIDA’s 2018 Horizon Report: Health System Supply Chain Strategies. Drawing on a survey of 171 integrated delivery network executives, HIDA researchers found that the vast majority (88%) of these [...]

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Suppliers To Discuss Building Supply Chain Resilience At Executive Conference

Suppliers To Discuss Building Supply Chain Resilience At Executive Conference

The U.S. healthcare system is not prepared for a large-scale disaster or catastrophic disease, according to the Center for Health Security. Key steps to strengthening the U.S. healthcare system is fostering a “culture of resilience” among community organizations and local providers. Due to their in-depth knowledge of both products and customer purchasing habits, distributors can [...]

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Lab Providers Have Opportunities Despite Reimbursement Cuts

Lab Providers Have Opportunities Despite Reimbursement Cuts

You’ve likely heard about the Medicare payment cuts lab providers are experiencing as part of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA). These cuts are much deeper than initially projected – lowering payments by $670 million, instead of the expected $390 million. While these cuts are significant, many experts believe this sector is [...]

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In Trump’s First Year, CMS Pursues Medicare Deregulation

In its first year, the Trump Administration has made a number of key changes at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that aim to reduce the regulatory burden on providers. Three examples of these moves include: CMS has cancelled the mandatory hip fracture and bundled payment models. The agency has also reduced the [...]

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