STREAMLINING HEALTHCARE BLOG

Getting the Most From Your Distributor Relationships

At the SMI Spring 2015 Forum in Dallas, TX, I had the opportunity to hear Paul Higday of Owens & Minor discuss ways for providers and manufacturers to get the most value from their distribution relationships in light of current and future market perceptions. Paul illustrated the fragmentation of healthcare supply chains by explaining how [...]

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

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JIT, Stockless Inventory Models on the Rise

JIT, Stockless Inventory Models on the Rise

As hospital costs continue to rise, providers are reaching out to distribution partners to help evaluate and implement creative inventory techniques that reduce costs. A recent Healthcare Finance News article examined the rising number of hospitals using just-in-time (JIT) inventory management to reduce costs and minimize product storage needs. JIT is a supply chain model [...]

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Posted in: Case Studies, Cost Management, Efficient Access, Emergency preparedness & contingency planning, How distributors make a difference

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Supply Chain Execs Describe Great Distribution Partnerships

Supply Chain Execs Describe Great Distribution Partnerships

“Nothing is more innovative than great performance.” That was the message Ed Hardin, CHRISTUS Health, shared with attendees during “Productive Partnerships: Ideas on Maximizing Value With Your Distributor,” an education session at the MedAssets 2015 Healthcare Business Summit. Ed joined me and Carl Tietjen, University of Rochester, to discuss how providers can decrease costs and [...]

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6 Takeaways From HIDA’s 2014 Streamlining Healthcare Conference

6 Takeaways From HIDA’s 2014 Streamlining Healthcare Conference

More than 1,000 distributors, manufacturers, and providers listened to the best and brightest minds in healthcare at HIDA’s 2014 Streamlining Healthcare Conference, with several noteworthy takeaways spread throughout: 1. Engaged patients have lower overall healthcare costs. Patient experience is a vital component of value-based care and HIDA’s Patient Experience Summit focused on the need for [...]

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4 Keys to Year-end Equipment Spending

4 Keys to Year-end Equipment Spending

As the end of the year rapidly approaches, many healthcare purchasing managers are deciding how to spend down their medical equipment budgets before losing available funds for the year.  Cindy Juhas, President, Hospital Associates, recently wrote a thoughtful article on four ways providers can maximize their equipment spending with vendors before their organizations close the [...]

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

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HIDA Releases New Best Practices in Contract Administration

HIDA Releases New Best Practices in Contract Administration

After a two-year effort to streamline healthcare processes among distributors, manufacturers, group purchasing organizations, and providers, HIDA unveiled its new white paper Improving Pricing Accuracy: Best Practices in Contract Communications during a special session at its 2014 Streamlining Healthcare Conference. Nearly 40 companies came together during a 2014 Contract Administration Workgroup —   a summary of [...]

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Posted in: Best Practices, HIDA News, HIDA Resources, Special Features

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Distributor Company Attendance Grows 30% at Streamlining Healthcare Conference

Distributor Company Attendance Grows 30% at Streamlining Healthcare Conference

Nearly 30% more distributor companies attended HIDA’s 2014 Streamlining Healthcare Conference (September 30 – October 2, Chicago, Ill.) compared to its 2013 event. The annual conference attracted more than 1,000 registrants—distributor attendees represented more than 115 organizations—who took advantage of numerous networking opportunities and conducted over 2,000 business partner meetings. Specifically, 101 affiliate meeting rooms [...]

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Posted in: Conference news & updates, HIDA News

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These Providers Know How to Maximize Distributor Value

These Providers Know How to Maximize Distributor Value

I recently had the pleasure of facilitating a provider panel at AHRMM’s 2014 Annual Conference, which featured healthcare supply chain leaders sharing their stories and insights for maximizing value with distributors. Operations experts from Tufts Medical Center, Baylor Scott and White Health, and Catholic Health Initiatives described their distribution models and the unique benefits each [...]

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