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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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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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Why Patient Experience Matters Most

Why Patient Experience Matters Most

Recently, we’ve had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Jim Merlino, Chief Experience Officer and Surgeon for the Cleveland Clinic Health System, who has made it his mission to raise awareness about patient-centered provider initiatives that can ensure higher quality care and safer outcomes for patients. We are excited to have Dr. Merlino lead the [...]

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Does Buying Direct Save Money?

Does Buying Direct Save Money?

I hear stories all the time from distributors whose provider customers consider pursuing direct purchasing agreements with manufacturers for certain medical products. The idea is that buying direct will reduce costs, improve service, and drive supply chain efficiencies. The reality, however, is that unforeseen direct costs (minimum ordering, freight, expediting) and indirect costs (purchasing, accounts [...]

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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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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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Introducing the new StreamliningHealthcare.org

Introducing the new StreamliningHealthcare.org

Welcome to the new StreamliningHealthcare website, an online resource for the latest medical products distribution data and information. We encourage you to explore all of the site’s newest features, including: Resources—Read and download medical supply chain case studies, fact sheets, and statistics ePub—Access supply chain management best practices, healthcare policy, and industry research highlighted in [...]

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