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Supply Chain Management

Ascension, Australian Co Form Global Healthcare Supply Chain Org

May 2, 2018 - 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 Care’s purchasing power to that of the St. Louis-based Catholic health system, which manages over 2,600 care sites, including 153 hospitals and more...


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RFID, Smart Cabinets Improve Hospital Supply Chain Management

by Jacqueline Belliveau

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 chain...

69% of Providers Delayed Care Over Hospital Supply Chain Shortages

by Jacqueline Belliveau

A new Cardinal Health survey revealed hospital supply chain shortages are impacting patient care, particularly in the operating room (OR). The survey of over 300 frontline clinicians, operating room supply chain decision-makers, and hospital...

Data Analytics Top Healthcare Supply Chain Priority in 2018

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Harnessing the power of data analytics to inform decision-making continues to be the number one healthcare supply chain outcome provider organizations hope to achieve in 2018, a recent Global Healthcare Exchange (GHX) survey found. The survey...

Healthcare Supply Chain Management Market to Reach $2.3B by 2022

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.4 percent, researchers projected the global healthcare supply chain management market to reach $2.31 billion by 2022, a recent Markets and Markets report showed. The value of the healthcare...

Health Systems Form Drug Company to Combat Rising Costs, Shortages

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Intermountain Healthcare, Ascension, SSM Health, and Trinity Health recently announced that they will create a non-profit generic drug company to reduce prescription costs and alleviate critical drug shortages. With consulting services with the...

Judge Denies Hospital Org Attempt to Block 340B Drug Payment Cut

by Jacqueline Belliveau

A federal judge recently ruled that CMS can start to reduce 340B drug payments to hospitals by $1.6 billion starting on Jan. 1, 2018, striking a blow to several industry groups that urged the court to delay enforcement of the new rule. US District...

House Reps Aim to Stop $1.6B Hospital Payment Cut for 340B Drugs

by Jacqueline Belliveau

A new bipartisan bill intends to block CMS from enforcing a $1.6 billion Medicare reimbursement cut under the 340B Drug Pricing Program. Representatives David McKinley (R-WV) and Mike Thompson (D-CA) introduced H.R. 4392 last week. The bill would...

Providers Who Accept Pharma Gifts Prescribe More Expensive Drugs

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Providers in the DC area who received gifts from the pharmaceutical industry tended to prescribe more drugs per patient, including more expensive, branded medications, than their peers who did not accept gifts, a recent PLoS One study showed....

Hospital Orgs to Sue CMS Over 340B Medicare Reimbursement Cuts

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The American Hospital Association (AHA), America’s Essential Hospitals, and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) recently announced their intentions to pursue litigation against CMS to prevent Medicare reimbursement reductions...

Reduced Variation, Data Analytics Cut Supply Chain Costs by 17.8%

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Hospitals could save a total of $23 billion by implementing evidence-based and data-driven healthcare supply chain management best practices used by the top 24 percent of organizations studied, a recent Navigant survey of over 2,300 hospitals...

Hospitals to See 7.61% Rise in 2018 Prescription Drug Rates

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Hospitals and health systems should anticipate a 7.61 percent increase in prescription drug rates in 2018, researchers predicted in a recent Vizient study. Using the group purchasing organization’s 2016 and 2017 data on hospital and non-acute...

Group Purchasing Increases Healthcare Supply Chain Savings

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Group purchasing organizations (GPOs) increased healthcare supply chain savings between 10 percent and 18 percent by reducing transaction costs and supplier prices, a recent Healthcare Supply Chain Association (HSCA) study revealed. The literature...

Provider Profitability Drops Under Biosimilar Use Reimbursement

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Biosimilar use could be the key to lowering healthcare costs associated with biologic treatments, but provider profitability may suffer by as much as $100 million across care settings if providers continue to administer the low-cost alternative,...

How Clinicians Add Value to Healthcare Supply Chain Management

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Engaging clinical staff is key to adding value to healthcare supply chain management, according to three supply chain leaders at MaineHealth, a recent ECRI Institute Healthcare Supply Chain Achievement award recipient. The healthcare network...

Cloud-Based Healthcare Supply Chain Management Drives Market

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The healthcare supply chain management market should be worth up to $2.22 billion by 2021 as healthcare organizations face increasing pressure to advance operational efficiency and profitability, according to a recent Markets and Markets report....

Prescription Drug Rates Remain Top Healthcare Supply Chain Issue

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Almost all health system executives (99 percent) in a recent Premier survey agreed that rising prescription drug rates continue to plague their healthcare supply chain. The winter 2017 survey of 91 C-suite executives at health systems also uncovered...

Healthcare Supply Chain Issues Cause VA Center Director Change

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The VA recently removed its medical center director from his position and temporarily reassigned him to administrative duties after the Office of Inspector General (OIG) reported several patient safety concerns stemming from healthcare supply...

Managing Healthcare Costs, Data Analytics Top C-Suite Priorities

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Under the Trump administration, the healthcare industry is bracing for some significant policy changes, such as a potential Affordable Care Act repeal. Despite the political change, healthcare executives still plan to make healthcare cost management...

78% of Hospital Staff Still Face Manual Supply Chain Management

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Hospitals may not be operating with the most efficient healthcare supply chain management tools, a recent Cardinal Health and SERMO survey found. Only 17 percent of hospital staff reported that their facility installed an automated inventory...

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