Category Archives: Supply Chains

High School Students Use Crowdsourcing to Find a Cure for Melanoma

In a groundbreaking effort, 3,500 of the country’s top high school students will build the world’s largest wiki on melanoma research — and work toward finding that needle in a haystack to cure melanoma. The effort is led by www.SaveJordan.org, which will use crowdsourcing to drive user-generated content related to melanoma cancer research to a wiki site. “The idea is to bypass mainstream medicine and medical research and compile fresh ideas,” said Jordan Guernsey, the 29-year-old father of two and Stage IV cancer survivor who is the force behind SaveJordan.org. “The young people working on SaveJordan.org are the best and brightest future [...]

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Consolidation Trend Continues: Tufts Medical Center and Lowell General Hospital Forming System

Tufts Medical Center and Lowell General Hospital are joining forces to form a new health care system they say will offer lower-cost medical services from Southern New Hampshire to south of Boston at a time of changes sweeping through the industry. The alliance would link a 415-bed Boston teaching hospital that has been scrambling for a niche in the fast-consolidating market with one of the state’s largest community hospitals. Lowell General, which two years ago took over a crosstown rival, Saints Memorial Medical Center, has 434 beds on two campuses. Under terms of a tentative agreement approved by both boards, each nonprofit [...]

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ICD-10 Industry Surveys Show Directly Conflicting Results

Just before the transition to ICD-10 was officially delayed, NueMD conducted a survey of 1,300 healthcare professionals to gauge their attitudes towards ICD-10. The survey, which garnered responses from all 50 states, found that 55 percent of respondents thought the transition to ICD-10 should be delayed or should not happen at all. When comparing those results to  a 2012 survey that asked the same question, 56 percent of respondents wanted a delay or no transition, suggesting there hasn’t been any change in attitude over the last 18 months. The NueMD survey also measured healthcare professionals’ thoughts on financial and operational [...]

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University of Kentucky Hospital Joins Virginia Purchasing Collaborative

The University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington, Ky., announced  today that it has joined the supply chain collaborative established  by the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville, Va., and VCU Medical Center in Richmond, Va. In 2007, the two Virginia hospitals combined their purchasing efforts and began working with UHC and its supply contracting company, Novation. The University of Kentucky Hospital will now also benefit from the power of combined purchasing volume, which will help all three hospitals reduce their costs. University of Kentucky Hospital, University of Virginia Health System, and VCU Medical Center are all participants in UHC Supply Chain Intelligence, through which they have access to an extensive portfolio of product [...]

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Friday Rant: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed…

What happened to the good ol’ days –you know, when SCM vendor marketing budgets were properly anemic? SAP announced the concept of a “Supply Chain Control Tower” a little over a week ago at its supply chain conference in Las Vegas. If you’re curious about what it is, here’s my stab at it: Great marketing. Dammit, it’s a control tower not a dashboard! And because most of us in the SCM space have little experience dealing with a well-financed, first degree marketing assault, it will probably work —and that’s a good thing. If nothing else, it is validating the work of [...]

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Holding Patients Hostage: UPMC and Highmark Ripping the Community Benefit Standard to Shreds

The Stockholm Syndrome is a phenomenon that occurs when people who are held hostage –by captors who express concern for their welfare– eventually develop a tendency to identify with their captor’s interests. Far more ridiculous theories have been promoted to explain how UPMC, Western PA’s dominant healthcare provider, could get away with refusing to do business with Highmark, the area’s largest and most dominant insurer. Instead of the resolve getting stronger among those who could actually do something to fix this, remarkably, it seems to be weakening. For the hundreds of thousands of UPMC patients who are insured by Highmark, and appear [...]

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Direct Contracting Trend: aptitude Signs the West Coast Purchasing Coalition (WCPC)

Late yesterday, aptitude announced that the West Coast Purchasing Coalition (WCPC), a 22-member hospital network spanning Arizona, California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington, will be using the company’s direct contracting solutions. Since launching nearly a year ago, aptitude’s contracting speed –time to value– has proved to be the big attraction.  Shortening the contracting cycle from several months to an average of 38 days  has been cited repeatedly by aptitude customers as the marketplace’s most distinguished and compelling benefit, and the coalition expressed the same sentiment:  ”The ability to contract efficiently is a necessity in our business, and the aptitude platform can provide that functionality,” said Bob Hemker, Palomar Health’s [...]

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Premier Acquires MEMData –New Capabilities To Help Providers Reduce CAPEX and Construction Costs

Premier, Inc. PINC +0.22% today announced it has acquired MEMdata, LLC, an equipment planning, sourcing and analytics business focused on capital equipment needs for existing medical facilities, as well as those under construction. The addition of MEMdata’s capabilities is expected to enhance Premier’s ability to drive meaningful supply chain savings for its hospital and health system members in the high-cost areas of construction and capital equipment acquisitions. “Capital equipment is a large-spend category that presents challenges for our members since products are purchased infrequently and technology changes rapidly,” said Premier President and CEO Susan DeVore . “Capital equipment planning is an [...]

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Premier and American Society of Anesthesiologists To Develop Perioperative Surgical Home Collaborative

In an initiative designed to improve patient experience, outcomes and reduce readmissions, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) today announced it has chosen Premier, Inc. (NASDAQ: PINC) to help it develop a first-of-its-kind learning collaborative for the ASA’s Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH) model of care. ASA’s PSH is a patient-centered, physician-led, team-based practice model of coordinated care that guides a patient throughout the entire surgical experience. The collaborative is intended to bring together health care organizations to develop, pilot, and evaluate this innovative model to improve care for surgical patients from the moment surgery is planned, through recovery and discharge [...]

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In Search of the Perfect Order?

Realizing an ambitious goal makes us feel good. Setting a goal and failing to live up to it doesn’t. While procurement organizations continue to make great strides in placing additional spend under management, the lofty expectations that originally drove the early rush to P2P automation have been lowered on certain fronts. Yes, it’s easy to point to less-than-stellar implementations and/or technologies that just weren’t up to task, but there are other culprits—like the danger in placing too much focus on process and/or our tendency to take a “permanent breather” after a failed attempt. In short, while process efficiency/automation is obviously [...]

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Applied Analytics: Deloitte Survey Reveals Forensic Mindset Needed to Assess Supply Chain Risks

As complexity in global supply chain networks continues to increase, less than one-third (26 percent) of business executives are using data analytics tools and processes to help manage third party relationship risks, according to a new Deloitte survey. Thirteen percent of those surveyed are still learning how to use analytics software and 22 percent use no data analytics at all. “Many market leading companies leverage advanced data analytics tools and forensic accounting to identify anomalies in their transactional data,” said Mark Pearson, principal, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP. “Using a forensic mindset when analyzing big data can provide value to [...]

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UK’s Competition Commission Forcing HCA to Sell Two London Hospitals

It appears that HCA International, owned by HCA Holdings, has become a victim of its own success. By most all accounts, it has done an excellent job in Central London and become a dominant force in its private healthcare market. So the idea that it is being forced to divest itself of two profitable hospitals, while it’s chief rival, BMI, gets a pass, is not sitting well with its executives. Competition Commission chairman Roger Witcomb said requiring operators to sell hospitals was a big step. “We have focused on those areas where a sale will be effective in increasing competition-where [...]

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ConvergeHEALTH Announces Yet Another Collaboration: Moffitt Cancer Center/M2Gen Joins the Consortium

ConvergeHEALTH by Deloitte is announcing that M2Gen, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Moffitt Cancer Center, has joined its real-world evidence and analytics consortium to help transform cancer care around the use of personalized medicine. M2Gen joins the consortium initiated by Intermountain Healthcare and ConvergeHEALTH to contribute toward biomarker discovery, gene-based clinical trial matching and real-world evidence generation to support the shift to personalized medicine in oncology. M2Gen has one of the world’s richest sources of oncology and personalized medicine insights as a result of Moffitt Cancer Center’s Total Cancer Care® program. Total Cancer Care helps researchers and caregivers address the needs of [...]

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Patient Safety Through Nurse Workplace Transformation: New RWJF Policy Brief Examines Progress Since 2004 IOM Study

Princeton, NJ — A decade ago, a report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) offered the startling conclusion that, “the typical work environment of nurses is characterized by many serious threats to patient safety.” The IOM offered a series of specific recommendations about how hospitals and other institutions needed to change to reduce the number of health care errors—recommendations that together constituted a fundamental transformation of nurses’ work environment. Ten years later, a new issue brief from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) examines progress toward those goals. The IOM report, Keeping Patients Safe: Transforming the Work Environment of Nurses, found [...]

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ACell Enters National Purchasing Agreement with Novation, Awarded Innovative Technology Designation for MatriStem® Devices

ACell, Inc., a leading regenerative medicine company focused on the development, manufacturing and commercialization of tissue repair products, today announced that it has entered into a national purchasing agreement with Novation for the Company’s MatriStem® devices. The MatriStem devices also were awarded the elite Innovative Technology designation from Novation. The designation underscores the clinical benefits of ACell’s standalone MatriStem technology for surgical soft tissue repair and complex wound management. The new contract with Novation marks the second major group purchasing organization agreement for the Company, effectively broadening physician access of MatriStem to an additional 100,000 healthcare providers. Novation awarded ACell’s MatriStem [...]

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Single Use Devices (SUDs) –Sustainability and Cost Savings Creating Perfect Storm For Demand Growth

The size of the medical disposables market is massive and still growing. According to a recent report by Freedonia Market Research Group, “US demand for disposable medical supplies is forecast to increase 4.3 percent annually to $46.7 billion in 2016.” From general surgical tools to the most commonly used in specialized orthopedic and arthroscopic applications, single use devices (SUDs) have found their rhythm under the cover of “sustainability,” of all things. And because it’s now fashionable to make a case for change on the basis of cost savings –if nothing else– the SUD manufacturers are experiencing a perfect storm in customer [...]

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