GI departments take control of their clinical inventory

We’re happy to report that GI departments are now enthusiastically joining the ranks of other specialty procedure areas – such as Cath Labs and EP, IR, and OR departments – in recognizing the need for greater clinical inventory control and supply documentation. Despite their being typically smaller departments, they use sophisticated and costly medical devices […]

January 10, 2013

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How to ensure accurate charge capture in hospitals

There have been a number of posts on the AHRMM (Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management) listserve recently regarding the challenge of ensuring accurate charge capture. As former consultants and currently healthcare IT company executives, we see this problem at most hospitals. It stems from the fact that supply chain organizations depend on clinicians […]

September 4, 2012

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Reflections on the 2012 AHRMM Conference

As I’ve written about before, we commissioned a survey of physicians last summer, in collaboration with The Optimé Group – one of our supply chain partners – in order to evaluate physicians’ perspectives on their relationships with materials management and supply chain organizations, including with regard to product selection and purchasing decisions. At the recent […]

August 30, 2012

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GS1 Standards Alone Inadequate for Managing Inventory

There are some in the healthcare field who believe that when hospitals adopt GS1 standards ( and integrate them into their MMIS (materials management information systems), this is enough to control their clinical inventory effectively.  I argue that this is not a satisfactory solution to the challenge of clinical inventory management and documentation.  The adoption […]

May 31, 2012

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The problem of inaccurate clinical supply documentation

At a recent HIMSS conference last month, I co-presented at a Supply Chain Special Interest Group session regarding the problem of poor clinical supply documentation accuracy at the point of care and its implications for hospitals’ financial/risk management and quality of patient care. The goal of this meeting was to create awareness in the healthcare […]

April 20, 2012

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Vendor contract management practices: U.S. vs. Australia

On a recent business trip to Australia visiting public and private hospitals, I noticed some major differences from the U.S. in how contracts between hospitals and vendors are managed. Vendor contract management is a notoriously sore issue for U.S. hospitals where vendors negotiate inconsistent terms – for prices, par levels, and consignment agreements – not […]

March 29, 2012

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World Congress Supply Chain Leadership Summit

I recently attended the World Congress Supply Chain Leadership Summit in Orlando, FL. Excellent conference! I wanted to talk about three main themes or strategies that emerged during the many presentations and discussions. First, engage physicians. One point that was stressed is that physicians aren’t just passive recipients of data. They like to be active […]

February 6, 2012

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The blind spot in hospitals

Did you know that at most hospitals the cost of supplies represents one of the largest budget items after labor costs? This means that there is an immediate opportunity for hospitals to realize rapid, substantial, and lasting savings. What our experience has shown us is that most hospitals only track “perpetual” commodity supplies and document […]

January 9, 2012

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Documentation IS a core part of patient care

I’d like to talk about something that’s been bothering me for a while. One hears commonly in the hospital arena that nurses should spend more time on patient care, or that nurses should be relieved of activities that are not directly related to patient care. The problem with this attitude, however, is that when we […]

December 11, 2011

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Problem of product waste

I’ve been seeing products expiring on shelves at a rate of 5-10% (percentage of current inventory value on shelves) per month. This rate applies to a number of specialty procedure departments, such as Cath lab, EP lab, IR, as well as the OR. The underlying causes of expirations typically include an oversized inventory, a large […]

November 8, 2011

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