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January 2022

AHA asks CMS to suspend VBP pain questions

Editor's Note The American Hospital Association (AHA) on April 29 asked the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to suspend their pain-related questions in the Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Program until concerns are addressed that the questions may contribute to the opioid epidemic, AHA News Now reports. The AHA says…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 2, 2016
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Committee saves over $1 million through cost conscious initiatives

Creating a “Cost Conscious Culture Committee” helped Maine Medical Center (MMC) in Portland shave more than $1.8 million in operating costs from the beginning of 2014 to the end of 2015. Not only that, but during 2015, MMC’s perioperative services leaders were also involved in a $40 million expansion project…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
March 17, 2016
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ECRI Institute launches ‘Rate This Model’ tool

Editor's Note ECRI Institute (Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania) on January 21 launched its new “Rate This Model” user review and rating tool for hospital equipment purchases. The tool enables OR managers to share their opinions and assign ratings on the performance of medical technologies. The new interactive feature looks and acts…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 21, 2016
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Fine print in supply contracts often holds keys to cost savings

When it comes to buying medical-surgical supplies, quality, safety, and physician comfort are foremost—but that doesn’t mean price is no object. Even though ambulatory surgery center (ASC) staff often lack materials management expertise, they can achieve cost savings in several ways, especially if they brush up on terms used in…

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By: Paula DeJohn
December 16, 2015
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Device manufacturers strengthening product guarantees

Editor's Note Faced with weak demand and falling prices, manufacturers are improving their product warranties and adding cost-sharing guarantees to compensate hospitals if their medical-surgical devices don’t perform as expected, Reuters reports. Among the companies offering the new guarantees are Medtronic, Johnson & Johnson, and St Jude Medical, which have…

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By: OR Manager
July 9, 2015
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Contract management is a challenging but critical component of cost control

Loopholes in supply contracts can wreak havoc with a supply budget, but attention to detail and proper terminology can help OR managers take charge instead of being charged unnecessary fees. “Not managing your agreement will cost you 12% to 25% of the spend or 100% of any savings achieved,” Girard…

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By: OR Manager
May 12, 2014
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Formula for successful cost control includes hard data plus surgeon champion

With decreasing Medicare reimbursements and increasing pressure to reduce costs, OR leaders everywhere are looking for creative solutions to balance their budgets. At Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (TJUH) in Philadelphia, standardizing surgical mesh looked like a way to save a bundle, and indeed a $1.5 million savings over a 3-year…

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By: OR Manager
March 13, 2014
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Best practices and new technology on tap at 2014 OR Business Management Conference

The upcoming OR Business Management Conference provides a timely opportunity for OR business managers and surgical services directors to learn what they can do to optimize their hospitals’ resources—especially in the current climate of ever-tighter budgets and reimbursement concerns. The conference, which will be held February 11-13, 2014, at the…

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By: OR Manager
December 1, 2013
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ASC industry no longer the stepchild of group purchasing organizations

Group purchasing has long been a tradition for hospitals. Now ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) are beginning to adopt the practice, and the reason is simple: Group purchasing organizations (GPOs) are noticing their needs and recruiting them as members. “We are evolving services,” explains Randy Piper, vice president of nonacute contracting…

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By: OR Manager
December 1, 2013
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Successful vendor/OR partnership yields more than $1 million in savings

An innovative program at The University of Kansas Hospital (TUKH), Kansas City, for managing vendor partnerships has saved the hospital $1.9 million in just 8 months of operation. “We’ve found that pricing and inventory management requires key partnerships with suppliers,” says Brian Dolan, MHSA, CMRP, RHIA, CHDA, SSGB, director of…

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By: OR Manager
November 1, 2013
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