Healthcare supply chain issues

I had a talk with someone on LinkedIn regarding healthcare supply chain cost drivers. There are actually two supply chains in healthcare (more if you consider pharmaceuticals): one for commodity supplies, which are primarily handled through distributors, and one for specialty or Physician Preference Items (although many of the items that have traditionally been PPIs […]

June 14, 2011

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Product price variations

I wanted to make some observations about the wide price discrepancies of clinical products, which – it seems to me – are symptomatic of the complex dynamics of the marketplace. There are some recent changes in the landscape that play a role in creating these dynamics. As we learned from our recent research study, physicians […]

May 20, 2011

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Problems with the consignment system

The practice of consigning clinical products initially started as a way to get a variety of newly available medical devices into the hands of physicians without the need for hospitals to purchase every item right away. Sounds like a great idea: physicians get a variety of products to choose from and the hospital only pays […]

April 18, 2011

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The need for accurate clinical documentation

Recently I’ve noticed increased scrutiny of and requirements for clinical data transparency. As a result, hospital administrators are really going to have to start dealing proactively with the issue of accurate documentation (clinical, product, billing, etc.). They’re going to have to look at several factors: OR leadership; the relationships between clinical management, materials management, finance, […]

March 6, 2011

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Should products be locked up?

I’ve heard some people argue that products should be placed behind a “lock,” but I think it’s critical to think through some of the issues involved in this decision. For example, can you identify who’s taking the products without documenting or accounting for them? Is it that your physicians are taking items from the shelves […]

February 18, 2011

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