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Healthcare Supply Chain

AHA: Tariffs on Chinese Goods Will Impact Hospital Supply Chain

November 13, 2018 - The American Hospital Association (AHA) recently opposed the Trump Administration’s tariffs on medical equipment and products imported from China, arguing the tariffs would impact the hospital supply chain. “The imposition of these tariffs will increase the cost of providing healthcare to all Americans, hitting vulnerable communities, such as rural communities that can...


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HRSA Proposes Earlier Start Date for 340B Price Transparency Rule

by Jacqueline LaPointe

HHS plans to move forward the implementation date of a long-delayed 340B price transparency rule that will stop drug manufacturers from overcharging hospitals for drugs purchased under the drug discount program. In a recent notice of...

Hospitals Could Save $25.4B in Healthcare Supply Chain Costs

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Hospitals could save approximately $25.4 billion a year in healthcare supply chain costs by reducing variation and waste, a recent Navigant analysis showed. The analysis of 2,300 hospitals indicated that hospitals and health systems are...

Looking Beyond Price in the Healthcare Supply Chain to Add Value

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Don’t equate value in the healthcare supply chain with just price, Premier, Inc’s Myla Maloney recently advised healthcare stakeholders at Xtelligent Healthcare Media’s Value-Based Care Summit in Boston. “Price...

Hospitals Create Drug Company to Combat Drug Shortages, Prices

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Seven health systems are stepping up to the plate to tackle two of the healthcare industry’s most pressing challenges: drug shortages and rising prescription drug rates. Catholic Health Initiatives, HCA Healthcare, Intermountain...

Group Purchasing Saves Hospitals Up to 18% of Supply Chain Costs

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Group purchasing organizations (GPOs) are saving hospitals and other healthcare facilities between 10 to 18 percent, a new report revealed. The Healthcare Supply Chain Association’s (HSCA) second annual report on GPO value found...

Hospital Mergers Produce Modest Healthcare Supply Chain Savings

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Hospitals only save approximately 1.5 percent annually on common expenses in the healthcare supply chain after a hospital merger, new research shows. The new working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research found that actual...

How Hospitals Bring in Revenue Through the Healthcare Supply Chain

by Jacqueline LaPointe

The healthcare supply chain is a cost center for provider organizations of all sizes. Through the supply chain, healthcare organizations spend money on the items and supplies they need to deliver the services that bring in revenue. As a...

Target Prices to Control Prescription Drug Spending, AHA Advises

by Jacqueline LaPointe

With prices, not utilization, driving prescription drug spending at hospitals and health systems, the American Hospital Association (AHA) recently called on policymakers to focus on controlling costs via average sales price (ASP)...

Court Rejects AHA’s Attempt to Block 340B Hospital Payment Cuts

by Jacqueline LaPointe

A federal appellate court recently tossed the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) lawsuit against HHS, which attempted to block $1.6 billion in 340B hospital payment cuts. Three judges on the US Court of Appeals for the District...

Hospitals to See More 340B Drug Pricing Program Oversight, Azar Says

by Jacqueline LaPointe

According to HHS Secretary Alex Azar, hospitals should expect greater transparency and oversight of the 340B Drug Pricing Program to track how the program’s benefits are used to improve care for low-income and vulnerable...

Tariffs to Raise Healthcare Supply Chain Costs, Premier Says

by Jacqueline LaPointe

The Trump Administration’s recent move to impose tariffs on goods imported from China could have a serious impact on healthcare supply chains, healthcare improvement company Premier Inc. said in a statement. “Premier is...

Implants Driving Healthcare Cost Variation for Joint Replacements

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Hospitals have improved patient outcomes for total joint replacements, but the facilities still have a way to go with reducing healthcare cost variation for both hip and knee implants, a new Premier analysis revealed. The study of almost...

HRSA Proposes Fifth Delay of 340B Drug Pricing, Penalty Rule

by Jacqueline LaPointe

The Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) recently proposed a one-year delay of a final rule that would implement 340B drug pricing rules and civil monetary penalties for drug manufacturers that intentionally overcharge...

Ascension, Australian Co Form Global Healthcare Supply Chain Org

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Ascension, the largest non-profit health system in the US, recently announced the launch of a global healthcare supply chain joint venture with Sydney, Australia-based Ramsay Health Care Limited. The joint venture will add Ramsay Health...

RFID, Smart Cabinets Improve Hospital Supply Chain Management

by Jacqueline LaPointe

From EHR systems and revenue cycle management tools to data analytics and online patient payment options, hospitals and health systems are on the journey to automating all aspects of the healthcare experience. However, the hospital supply...

VA Next Gen Healthcare Supply Chain Program Needs Work, GAO Says

by Jacqueline LaPointe

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently found several issues with the VA’s implementation of a next generation healthcare supply chain management program. The federal watchdog argued the implementation process failed to...

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