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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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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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Posted in: Best Practices, Conference news & updates, HIDA News, How distributors make a difference

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Distributors Take 4 of Top 20 Spots in Annual Gartner Ranking

Gartner recently released its annual Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25, ranking companies across the healthcare value chain that demonstrate leadership in improving patient outcomes and lowering costs. Once again, several distributors made the list, including Owens & Minor, McKesson, and Henry Schein. The rankings are based on evaluations of respective company alignment with strategy, patient [...]

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Posted in: How distributors make a difference, Member Spotlights, Special Features

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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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