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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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Lab Providers Have Opportunities Despite Reimbursement Cuts

Lab Providers Have Opportunities Despite Reimbursement Cuts

You’ve likely heard about the Medicare payment cuts lab providers are experiencing as part of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA). These cuts are much deeper than initially projected – lowering payments by $670 million, instead of the expected $390 million. While these cuts are significant, many experts believe this sector is [...]

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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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Distributors Advocate for Supply Chain on Capitol Hill

Distributors Advocate for Supply Chain on Capitol Hill

Every year, HIDA members converge in Washington, D.C., for the annual Washington Summit. This event allows supply chain executives to hold meetings with members of Congress and key staffers, advocating for healthcare policy initiatives most important to providers and suppliers alike. Each year’s event builds off of the success of the prior year’s efforts, and [...]

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Posted in: Advocacy and Gov Affairs, Conference news & updates, HIDA News, How distributors make a difference, Policy Outlook & Analysis

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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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Identifying Opportunities Amid Acute Care Changes

Identifying Opportunities Amid Acute Care Changes

More than 120 manufacturer, distributor, and provider executives recently gathered in Coral Gables, Florida, to discuss the rapid evolution of healthcare delivery models within hospitals and health systems. These attendees at HIDA’s IDN-Acute Care Market Conference discussed the challenges of keeping up with a changing healthcare landscape, and possible implications for future growth. Consolidation, outpatient [...]

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Supply Chain Execs Describe Great Distribution Partnerships

Supply Chain Execs Describe Great Distribution Partnerships

“Nothing is more innovative than great performance.” That was the message Ed Hardin, CHRISTUS Health, shared with attendees during “Productive Partnerships: Ideas on Maximizing Value With Your Distributor,” an education session at the MedAssets 2015 Healthcare Business Summit. Ed joined me and Carl Tietjen, University of Rochester, to discuss how providers can decrease costs and [...]

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6 Takeaways From HIDA’s 2014 Streamlining Healthcare Conference

6 Takeaways From HIDA’s 2014 Streamlining Healthcare Conference

More than 1,000 distributors, manufacturers, and providers listened to the best and brightest minds in healthcare at HIDA’s 2014 Streamlining Healthcare Conference, with several noteworthy takeaways spread throughout: 1. Engaged patients have lower overall healthcare costs. Patient experience is a vital component of value-based care and HIDA’s Patient Experience Summit focused on the need for [...]

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