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Pharmacies And Stores See Increase In Flu Vaccinations

Pharmacies And Stores See Increase In Flu Vaccinations

The percentage of adults receiving a flu shot at a pharmacy or store rose to 28.2% in 2017, up from 24.3% in 2016. Despite this increase, the doctor’s office remains the most popular location for receiving a flu vaccine, with 34.7% of adults and 64.6% of children receiving the shot in this setting. Outside of [...]

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Posted in: Emergency preparedness & contingency planning, HIDA Resources, Medicaid/Medicaid, Policy Outlook & Analysis, Supply chain data trends

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Suppliers To Discuss Building Supply Chain Resilience At Executive Conference

Suppliers To Discuss Building Supply Chain Resilience At Executive Conference

The U.S. healthcare system is not prepared for a large-scale disaster or catastrophic disease, according to the Center for Health Security. Key steps to strengthening the U.S. healthcare system is fostering a “culture of resilience” among community organizations and local providers. Due to their in-depth knowledge of both products and customer purchasing habits, distributors can [...]

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Posted in: Conference news & updates, Emergency preparedness & contingency planning, 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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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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Uncommon Cures for the Cold

Uncommon Cures for the Cold

Still feeling summer’s heat, it’s hard to believe some providers are already planning for cold weather scenarios.  But as supply chain managers are looking for contingency plans that cover all aspects of disaster planning, they’re also looking to save money and improve labor efficiency.  Increasingly, stockless or low unit of measure (LUM) models are the [...]

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Posted in: Cost Management, Efficient Access, Emergency preparedness & contingency planning

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