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How Can We Move Hospital ORs out of the “Stone Age”?

How Can We Move Hospital ORs out of the “Stone Age”?

A new GHX survey of hospital senior executives points out major deficiencies in the healthcare supply chain, particularly in the hospital operating room (OR). GHX CEO Bruce Johnson noted that, “Today there aren’t widely-adopted, end-to-end supply chain management processes for implantable devices as there are for medical-surgical supplies…Lack of visibility and control over these devices [...]

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Posted in: Cost Management, Efficient Access, How distributors make a difference, Research & Analysis, Supply chain data trends

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Targeted Advocacy Enhances Patient Safety and Supply Chain Integrity

Targeted Advocacy Enhances Patient Safety and Supply Chain Integrity

Our industry celebrated a major victory in 2013 when, after years of advocacy efforts, national pedigree legislation was signed into law. This is great news for providers because it allows manufacturers and distributors to conduct business more effectively and efficiently across all 50 states, enhancing patient safety and supply chain integrity. Providers and suppliers alike [...]

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Posted in: Advocacy and Gov Affairs, HIDA News, How distributors make a difference, Policy Outlook & Analysis, Special Features

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Inventory Cures for What Ails You

Inventory Cures for What Ails You

Brrr – it’s been cold on the east coast! The arctic blast reminds us that good supply chain management includes planning for weather emergencies and other unexpected events. Some providers have told me that the possibility of a snowstorm, disaster, or epidemic has kept them from adopting JIT or other reduced-inventory programs. But I’ve heard [...]

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Posted in: Case Studies, Efficient Access, Emergency preparedness & contingency planning

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Managing More Business Amid Consolidation

Managing More Business Amid Consolidation

A recent GE Capital survey shows healthcare consolidation is poised to increase in 2014, which means providers will be seeking solutions for managing additional business efficiently. Streamlining Healthcare epub recently featured one such instance in “Smart Growth” (PDF),  where Banner Health worked with distributor partner McKesson Medical-Surgical to standardize ordering practices at each of its clinics [...]

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Posted in: Best Practices, Case Studies, Cost Management, How distributors make a difference, Member Spotlights, Special Features

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New Realities in Laboratory and Diagnostics Markets

New Realities in Laboratory and Diagnostics Markets

We recently brought leading lab and diagnostics healthcare executives together in Washington, D.C., to discuss market opportunities and issues at HIDA’s first-ever Laboratory & Diagnostics Market Conference. It’s clear from several of our speakers and panel discussions that lab diagnostics are under-resourced and facing significant cost and reimbursement pressures as a result of the Affordable [...]

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Posted in: Advocacy and Gov Affairs, Conference news & updates, Healthcare reform trends & impact, HIDA News, Policy Outlook & Analysis

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Executives Share Ideas on Improving Pricing Accuracy

Executives Share Ideas on Improving Pricing Accuracy

Healthcare providers, distributors, manufacturers and GPOs waste too much time and money fixing problems related to pricing inaccuracy. That’s the message two HIDA Educational Foundation Board members have been spreading at recent industry conferences. Steve Inacker of Cardinal Health and Bill Abrams of Medline were co-presenters at the Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM) [...]

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Posted in: Best Practices, Cost Management, Member Spotlights, Special Features

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Maximizing the Distribution Partnership

Maximizing the Distribution Partnership

Everyone wins when healthcare providers get the most value out of their distribution partners. In a recent Becker’s Hospital Review article, HIDA Senior VP Elizabeth Hilla suggests five questions health system supply chain managers should ask to take full advantage of their distributor relationships. For providers, these questions highlight several ideas to ensure that you’re [...]

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Posted in: Cost Management, Efficient Access, Going Green, How distributors make a difference

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ACOs: Stronger Than Ever?

ACOs: Stronger Than Ever?

Accountable care organizations (ACOs) seem to be growing faster than ever, even as some walk away from Medicare’s Pioneer ACO program. How are ACOs changing the market and what trends should distributors and manufactures pay close attention to? HIDA has done some homework on the topic and recently hosted a webinar on ACOs and acute [...]

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Posted in: Advocacy and Gov Affairs, AMS Webinars & Training, Healthcare reform trends & impact, Medicaid/Medicaid

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