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Supply Chain Management

Providers Who Accept Pharma Gifts Prescribe More Expensive Drugs

November 13, 2017 - 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. “Our study confirms and expands upon previous work showing that industry gifts are associated with more expensive prescriptions and more branded...


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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...

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...

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