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Ask Your Distributor For Help Meeting Your Savings Targets

Ask Your Distributor For Help Meeting Your Savings Targets

Predictions for 2019 are all over the news, and it’s no surprise that healthcare providers are expected to be under continued pressure to reduce costs. As you look for ways to reduce total supply chain costs, one of the questions you may hear is “why don’t we just buy direct from manufacturers and save on [...]

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Posted in: Cost Management, How distributors make a difference

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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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Payers, Providers, And Patients Could All Feel Potential Tariff

Payers, Providers, And Patients Could All Feel Potential Tariff

Update (5/30/18): The White House has indicated it will place a 25% tariff on $50 billion of Chinese goods. The Trump Administration plans to finalize this list by June 15. By the end of that month, the administration will also announce investment restrictions and “enhanced export controls” for Chinese individuals and entities “related to the [...]

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Posted in: Advocacy and Gov Affairs, Cost Management, HIDA News, How distributors make a difference, Policy Outlook & Analysis

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Distributors Help Providers Find Savings

Distributors Help Providers Find Savings

Hospitals and health systems are increasingly looking to their distributor partners to meet the challenge of lowering costs and improving the quality of care, according to HIDA’s 2018 Horizon Report: Health System Supply Chain Strategies. Drawing on a survey of 171 integrated delivery network executives, HIDA researchers found that the vast majority (88%) of these [...]

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

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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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