Healthcare Revenue Cycle Management, ICD-10, Claims Reimbursement, Medicare, Medicaid

Supply Chain Management

How Clinicians Add Value to Healthcare Supply Chain Management

May 19, 2017 - 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 containing 11 hospitals, 350 physician practices, and various post-acute care facilities with over $500 million in annual supply chain spend prides itself...

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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...

Group Purchasing Reduces Healthcare Supply Chain Costs Up to 15%

by Jacqueline Belliveau

In the first Annual Value Report, the Healthcare Supply Chain Association (HSCA) found that group purchasing organizations reduced healthcare supply chain costs by 10 to 15 percent for providers. Prescription drug spending also went down by up...

Predictive Analytics Top Healthcare Supply Chain Priorities

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Provider organizations ranked predictive analytics as the biggest healthcare supply chain opportunity in 2017, a recent Global Healthcare Exchange, LLC (GHX) survey revealed. The survey of 50 healthcare organizations with the most automated healthcare...

HRSA Adds $5K Fines for 340B Prescription Drug Rate Overcharging

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Drug manufacturers participating in the 340B Drug Pricing Program who intentionally charge hospitals prescription drug rates higher than established ceiling prices will face a $5,000 penalty per instance, a new Health Resources and Services Administration...

3 Most Common Healthcare Supply Chain Management Challenges

by Jacqueline Belliveau

From gauze and paper gowns to implantable medical devices and prescription drugs, provider organizations must implement efficient healthcare supply chain management processes to cut overall costs and standardize care delivery. But for many organizations,...

Provider Orgs Seek Healthcare Costs Tools for Value-Based Care

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Provider organizations are increasingly looking to implement healthcare costs tools to better manage healthcare supply chain costs under value-based care models, a recent Black Book Market Research survey stated. The survey of 1,158 healthcare...

OR Cost Scorecards Help Reduce Healthcare Supply Chain Costs

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Healthcare supply chain costs dropped by 6.54 percent per case in surgical departments that provided surgeons with monthly cost scorecards and had a financial incentive to reduce surgical supply chain spending, a new study in JAMA Surgery found....

Staffing Shortages, Healthcare Reform Top C-Suite Concerns

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Healthcare C-suite executives identified staffing shortages and healthcare reform as having the largest impact of their organization’s ability to delivery care, a recent Premier survey found. About 41 percent of the 52 C-suite level respondents...

AHA Calls for Hospital Access to Prescription Drug Rate Info

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The American Hospital Association (AHA) recently urged the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to grant hospitals in the 340B Drug Pricing Program more access to prescription drug rate information. In a comment letter on a proposed...

Hospitals Saw 23% Rise in Inpatient Prescription Drug Spending

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Hospital inpatient prescription drug spending has increased by 23.4 percent from 2013 to 2015, reported a recent study from the University of Chicago’s NORC. The increases in spending have left most providers struggling to manage their...

How a Small Hospital Developed Lean Supply Chain Management

by Jacqueline Belliveau

When hospitals start to dig into how their organizations can reduce healthcare costs without lowering care quality, many run the risk of overlooking several cost-cutting opportunities in their healthcare supply chain management process. But developing...

Medical Device Reps in OR Sway Healthcare Supply Chain Costs

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Medical device sales representatives may act as key resources for surgeons on the latest technological advances and how to properly use specific devices, but the close relationship may actually be driving up healthcare supply chain costs, according...

Exploring the Role of Supply Chain Management in Healthcare

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Cutting healthcare costs has become a mantra for many hospitals and physician practices, especially as payers start to tie claims reimbursement amounts to quality and cost performance. Many organizations have looked to the billing and services...

5 Ways to Improve Healthcare Supply Chain Management

by Catherine Sampson

In this age of payment reform, it’s vital for healthcare supply chain management to be effective if healthcare executives want to reduce costs and improve quality. An efficient supply chain has the ability to improve the delivery of healthcare...

Defining the Top 10 Terms of Healthcare Revenue Cycle Management

by Catherine Sampson

In some cases, definitions for terms and acronyms related to healthcare revenue cycle management can come across as fairly straightforward. Other times, they can sound more like a foreign language. A healthcare professional may find it difficult...


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