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Yes, Medical Products Really Do Contribute to Patient Satisfaction

Yes, Medical Products Really Do Contribute to Patient Satisfaction

A new HIDA report, featured in Modern Healthcare, shows that patients pay attention to the care they receive – including the medical products that are used. This creates an enormous opportunity for suppliers to emphasize solutions that help providers improve patient satisfaction. For example, patients surveyed said they want same-visit test results, so vendor salespeople [...]

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Posted in: Best Practices, Going Green, HIDA News, HIDA Resources, How distributors make a difference, Patient Care Focus, Research & Analysis, Special Features, Supply chain data trends

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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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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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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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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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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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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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