Purchasing

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February 2022

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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ASCs seek efficiencies to offset decline in reimbursement

About 70% of respondents to a nationwide survey of ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) say they are trying to cut costs in reaction to changes brought about by healthcare reform. That’s the major finding of a nationwide survey of 359 administrators, directors, and office managers in ASCs, cancer centers, home health…

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By: OR Manager
October 1, 2013
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A checkup for your OR's value analysis process

How healthy is your value analysis process? A strong program for evaluating products and new technology is essential to the cost-effective management of resources. Characteristics of a good value analysis program are offered by Barbara Strain, MA, past president of the Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals. She is director…

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By: OR Manager
January 1, 2013
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Tackling perioperative supply chain as a system

A systemwide focus on supply chain management is helping Sutter Health, a large, Sacramento, California-based health system, to improve its financial performance by adopting best practices and taking a contemporary approach to strategic sourcing, value analysis, and logistical support. The target: Trim $200 million from expenses by 2012, and they’re…

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By: OR Manager
July 4, 2012
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Strong capital purchasing process calls for partnership, transparency

Planning for capital purchasing requires skill. If the process isn’t effective, the OR director will end up with unhappy surgeons and staff. But done effectively, capital purchasing can build relationships among surgeons and hospital and OR leaders. “Capital planning is a challenge in today’s economy,” says Dana Crompton, MHA, vice…

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By: OR Manager
March 11, 2012
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For implants, balancing choice and cost control

Negotiating with orthopedic vendors can be frustrating as OR leaders strive to balance competing agendas among companies, surgeons, and the hospital. Kimberley Murray, MS, RN, CNOR, administrator for the orthopedic and spine service line at St. Joseph’s Hospital (SJH) in Syracuse, New York, reduced frustration by adopting a program that…

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By: OR Manager
February 6, 2012
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Hospitals losing on physician preference items

An analysis by Premier of data from 323 of its member hospitals shows they are losing $1.82 billion annually for 12 orthopedic and cardiac case categories because of Medicare reimbursement shortfalls. Lack of evidence-based outcomes data and the rising cost of physician preference items (PPIs) are also cited as reasons…

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By: OR Manager
January 25, 2012
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Does Medtronic action signal a shift?

Medtronic caused a stir in February 2011 when it canceled several contracts with the 2 largest group purchasing organizations (GPOs), Novation and Premier. The big device company ended 5 Novation contracts worth $2 billion covering spinal implants, neurosurgery power tools, bone graft materials, and cardiac rhythm management products plus a…

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By: OR Manager
May 1, 2011
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GPO purchasing of implants lags

On average, hospitals purchase 73% of their materials through group purchasing organizations (GPOs), with a wide range from 30% to 90%. But fewer—19% —purchase expensive orthopedic implants through GPO contracts, a new survey finds. Eugene S. Schneller, PhD, a business professor at Arizona State University, Tempe, and a supply chain…

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By: OR Manager
June 1, 2009
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ORs are moving to a more seamless supply chain system

Creating a more seamless system for OR inventory and charging often has been hampered by information systems that don't talk to each other, or don't talk easily. Humans in the OR and materials management may not talk much either. Gradually, these barriers are coming down, and hospitals are taking a…

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By: OR Manager
January 1, 2008
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