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Hospital Labs Look To Manage Staffing, Cost Challenges

Hospital Labs Look To Manage Staffing, Cost Challenges

Staffing is the leading challenge for hospital labs in the coming year, according to HIDA’s 2018 Provider Survey: Hospital Laboratories Scrutinize Operations. These providers also cite inadequate staffing as having a negative impact on productivity. In addition to the conventional approaches to addressing staff shortages (improving recruitment, salary increases), these providers are looking at how [...]

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Posted in: Best Practices, Efficient Access, HIDA Resources, Research & Analysis

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Distributors Help Health Systems Do More With Less

Distributors Help Health Systems Do More With Less

Sixty-four percent of health systems say lowering operating costs is a top challenge, according to HIDA’s 2018 Provider Survey: Managing Growth. When it comes to cost cutting, the idea that you need to “cut out the middle man” to achieve savings is common, but eliminating a distributor would risk bringing a health system’s smooth operations to [...]

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Posted in: Cost Management, Efficient Access, HIDA Resources, How distributors make a difference, Research & Analysis

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Leading Lab Experts Predict Growth in Testing Despite Shrinking Reimbursements

Leading Lab Experts Predict Growth in Testing Despite Shrinking Reimbursements

While the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services plans to lower reimbursements for lab procedures, experts believe overall testing will grow in the coming years, due to its power to lower costs. Speakers at HIDA’s recent Laboratory & Diagnostics Market Conference commented that diagnostics presents many opportunities to generate savings. These include helping physicians appropriately [...]

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Posted in: Conference news & updates, Cost Management, Efficient Access, Medicaid/Medicaid

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Insights for the 2016 Flu Season

Insights for the 2016 Flu Season

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its annual update on seasonal influenza and vaccine recommendations for the 2016-17 flu season. Notably, the CDC has recommended against the FluMist nasal spray vaccine due to questions over its effectiveness. The CDC’s recommendation has not affected the FDA’s approval of the vaccine. Just in time [...]

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Posted in: AMS Webinars & Training, Efficient Access, HIDA Resources, Patient Care Focus, Policy Outlook & Analysis, Supply chain data trends

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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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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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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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