Lessons from a Rural Healthcare Revival

By Todd Bengtson, Sr. Director, Key Accounts, Intalere Rural healthcare providers today, especially those seeking to maintain some level of independence or autonomy, face very difficult circumstances. According to the National Rural Health Association (NRHA), nearly 50 rural hospitals have closed since 2010 and close to 300 others are in financial difficulty. There are several […]

Four Steps to Effectively Manage Your Purchased Services Spend

Four Steps to Effectively Manage Your Purchased Services Spend By Chris Gormley, CEO, Medpricer, and Marshall Busko, Senior Director, Information Technology Solutions, Intalere Purchased Services represent 40-50 percent of a health system’s non-labor spend making it a significant untapped opportunity to help healthcare providers meet their budgets in an era of declining reimbursements. But how […]

The Importance of Price Transparency

By Jim Webb, Executive Vice President, Business Development at BroadJump, and Shon Wettstein, Vice President, Product Management, Intalere Among the most critical struggles hospital supply chain executives face today is not truly knowing fair market prices for the goods they are purchasing on an everyday basis. This is due to a pervasive lack of information […]

National Nutrition Month – Combating Malnutrition

By Jessica Marchand, RD, LDN, and Roseann Hoeye, MBA, RD, LD; Directors, Intalere Nutrition & Environmental Services  In 1974, the article “Skeleton in the Hospital Closet,” by the late Charles E. Butterworth, Jr., M.D., called attention to the existence of malnutrition in our nation’s hospitals. While it’s been more than 40 years since this article […]

Five Essential Steps to Positively Impact Your Bottom Line with Actionable Analytics

By Mark Whitman, Director, Supply Chain Diagnostix Services, Intalere Everywhere we turn in the healthcare industry today, we hear talk of “big data” and its growing and potential impact on healthcare delivery. The use of data will continue to grow as we move further and further down a path of pay for performance. Let’s look […]

Ten Steps to Labor Productivity

  By Tom O’Bannon, Senior Director, Executive Resources Specialist and Stephanie Dorwart, CEO, Altius Healthcare Consulting Group (Adapted based on information from Altius Healthcare Consulting Group) Improving labor productivity within hospitals and healthcare systems has become a core element that compels organizations to seek new approaches to working more efficiently. In order to gain control […]

Pillars of a Successful Construction Project

By Mike Reid, Vice President, Construction, Capital and Facility Contracting To shape building or renovation plans, decrease costs and ensure projects meet functional requirements, healthcare providers must build a comprehensive program that covers all aspects of construction – from planning to furniture. Just as important as design specifications and functional requirements, are clinical resources and […]

Are You Compliant? The Seven Steps to HIPAA Compliance

by Ali Pabrai, CEO, ecfirst and Marshall Busko, Senior Director, Information Technology Solutions, Intalere It is not a matter of if a healthcare organization, be it a covered entity or a business associate, will experience a cyber breach, it is a matter of when. The FBI warns that the healthcare sector especially is vulnerable to […]

Six Steps to Help Prepare for USP Chapter <800> — Handling Hazardous Drugs

by Jeff Bariteau, Pharmacy Clinical Director, Intalere, based on information provided by Patricia Kienle, Director of Accreditation and Medication Safety, Cardinal Health Oncology practices are most commonly identified as locations where hazardous drugs are routinely used. However, the use of hazardous drugs in non-oncology practices and the increased utilization of oral hazardous drugs is expanding […]

Best Practices to Help Optimize Purchased Services Spend

by Chris Gormley, CEO, Medpricer and Marshall Busko, Senior Director, Information Technology Solutions, Intalere U.S. healthcare systems must reduce their total expenditures by 15-20 percent annually to keep up with reductions in Medicare reimbursements. While labor is the highest dollar expenditure for hospitals at 50-60 percent of revenue, systems don’t want to reduce staff levels […]