Tag: supply chain

Session: What to expect from healthcare policy, regulation in 2024

Editor's Note Since the pandemic, the view of the healthcare industry in congress has essentially gone from “hero to zero” – a shift with potentially big implications for the healthcare business leaders gathered at yesterday’s closing session from Soumi Saha, PharmD, JD, senior vice president of government affairs at Premier…

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By: Matt Danford
February 8, 2024
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Session: Imminent supply chain disruptors—What's your business continuity plan?

Editor's Note “Can cost and resiliency co-exist?” Michael Schiller, CMRP, executive director (interim) of the Association for Healthcare Resources and Materials Management—a professional membership group of the American Hospital Association—asked this session’s audience on the last day of the OR Business Management Conference. “They can co-exist,” he said, “but resiliency…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
February 8, 2024
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Impending sale of federal helium reserve raising concerns over supply chain disruptions

Editor's Note The US government's sale of the Federal Helium Reserve, a large underground helium stockpile in Amarillo, Texas, has raised concerns about the supply of helium for critical healthcare applications, especially MRI machines, NBC News reported January 25. The Federal Helium Reserve reportedly provides up to 30% of the…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
January 31, 2024
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Coordinating surgical care means precise staff handoffs

In every OR, the complicated dance of surgical care coordination—the series of handoffs between stakeholders throughout the surgery lifecycle—is performed mainly in the background. Those stakeholders include physician offices, schedulers, preadmission testing, insurance verification, vendors, sterile processing, supply chain, anesthesia, and surgical staff. But what does it look like when…

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By: Carisa Brewster and Jonathan Reimer
January 23, 2024
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Supply chain leaders discuss improving access, reducing costs

Editor's Note Supply chain professionals can contribute to a more affordable, equitable health care system by spending more with suppliers in economically disadvantaged areas; expanding distribution into in-home care; and leveraging data and technology. According to a November 28 report in Healthcare Purchasing News, these were among the conclusions of…

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By: Brita Belli
December 14, 2023
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Biden administration expands HHS authority to bolster US medical supply chain

Editor's Note The Biden Administration will issue a “Presidential Determination” that will expand the authority of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in order to boost the domestic supply chain for essential medicines, a November 27 HHS press release reports.  The measure will include new investment in domestic…

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By: Brita Belli
December 1, 2023
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Drug shortages are getting worse nationwide

Editor's Note Across the US, drug shortages are on the rise, including for chemotherapy drugs, antibiotics, and weight-loss drugs, PBS News November 5 reports. This trend is worrisome for many reasons, experts say, with the top-pressing concern being high-risk patients having to switch to less effective or more aggressive regimens…

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By: Brita Belli
November 13, 2023
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ECRI: New survey shows medication, supply shortages are hurting patients

Editor's Note A new survey from ECRI finds that shortages of medications and medical supplies and equipment are harming patients, the nonprofit organization reported in an October 13 news release. ECRI surveyed nearly 200 pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, procurement specialists, physicians, and nurses in July 2023. Following are some takeaways from…

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By: Brita Belli
November 2, 2023
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ECRI announces Healthcare Supply Chain Excellence Award winners

Editor's Note ECRI, on August 2, announced the 12 winners of its 2023 Healthcare Supply Chain Excellence Award. The annual award recognizes healthcare organizations that achieve excellence in overall spend management and adoption of best practice solutions into their supply chain processes. The winners in alphabetical order are: Adventist Health…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 3, 2023
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AHA urges EPA to ensure proposed EtO standards don’t disrupt healthcare delivery

Editor's Note In a June 27 letter, the American Hospital Association (AHA) urged the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) “to avoid disrupting healthcare delivery through the unintentional fracturing” of the medical device supply chain with its proposed ethylene oxide (EtO) standards. The EPA proposes: reducing EtO emissions by 80% adding new…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 29, 2023
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