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Pricing Accuracy Takes Major Step Forward

Pricing Accuracy Takes Major Step Forward

Last month, more than 120 suppliers, GPOs, and providers seeking to improve healthcare contracting efficiency gathered at HIDA’s first ever Contract Administration Conference in Orlando. This meeting specifically focused on ways trading partners can improve pricing management processes, such as standardizing customer identification, improving communications and providing ample notification in advance of contract activations. The [...]

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Posted in: Best Practices, Conference news & updates, HIDA News, How distributors make a difference

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Identifying Opportunities Amid Acute Care Changes

Identifying Opportunities Amid Acute Care Changes

More than 120 manufacturer, distributor, and provider executives recently gathered in Coral Gables, Florida, to discuss the rapid evolution of healthcare delivery models within hospitals and health systems. These attendees at HIDA’s IDN-Acute Care Market Conference discussed the challenges of keeping up with a changing healthcare landscape, and possible implications for future growth. Consolidation, outpatient [...]

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Posted in: Conference news & updates, Supply chain data trends

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Distributors Take 4 of Top 20 Spots in Annual Gartner Ranking

Gartner recently released its annual Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25, ranking companies across the healthcare value chain that demonstrate leadership in improving patient outcomes and lowering costs. Once again, several distributors made the list, including Owens & Minor, McKesson, and Henry Schein. The rankings are based on evaluations of respective company alignment with strategy, patient [...]

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Posted in: How distributors make a difference, Member Spotlights, Special Features

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New Value of Distribution Resources Provide Fresh Industry Insights

New Value of Distribution Resources Provide Fresh Industry Insights

You may have missed it, but HIDA recently debuted two new columns in MDSI’s Journal of Healthcare Contracting and Repertoire magazines that examine different aspects of healthcare supply chain relationships. The Journal of Healthcare Contracting’s ‘Prime Vendor’ series explores the various ways distributors and providers work together to make their long-term partnerships successful, told directly [...]

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Posted in: HIDA News, HIDA Resources, Special Features

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CDC Releases Annual Flu Recommendations, Implications

CDC Releases Annual Flu Recommendations, Implications

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its annual update on flu basics and vaccine recommendations for the 2015-2016 flu season. The CDC recommends everyone aged six months and older receive the vaccine starting in October when the flu season begins, and ideally before December when the flu season typically peaks. Just in time for [...]

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Posted in: Advocacy and Gov Affairs, Best Practices, HIDA News, Patient Care Focus

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Why Supply Chain Efficiency Is More Relevant Than Ever

Why Supply Chain Efficiency Is More Relevant Than Ever

Back in 2013, HIDA released a white paper outlining the role healthcare manufacturers and distributors can serve to help providers achieve efficiency through leaner, streamlined supply chain practices. Even today, this message still resonates within our industry, as evidenced by a recent RevCycle Intelligence article. Check out the article to see how it relates to [...]

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Posted in: Cost Management, Efficient Access, HIDA News, How distributors make a difference, Supply chain data trends

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Get On Board With Contract Price Management

Get On Board With Contract Price Management

I recently read an article about contract price management in AHRMM’s Supply Chain Strategies & Solutions Magazine. Contract price misalignment leads to unnecessary labor and costs not just for healthcare providers, but for all trading partners involved. The article highlights the need for more contract pricing automation, of which data standardization is a crucial element. Check out [...]

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Posted in: Best Practices, Cost Management, Special Features

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Getting More Value From Distributors on GPO Contracts

Getting More Value From Distributors on GPO Contracts

This week I was on Hospital Associates’ Insiders Blog reading about the various ways the company works to bring the most value to their customers every day. Many healthcare providers work with GPOs to maximize shared buying power among multiple healthcare facilities, but what they may not realize is they can squeeze even more value from [...]

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Posted in: Best Practices, Cost Management, Efficient Access, How distributors make a difference, Member Spotlights

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