Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight-Northern Arizona Healthcare/Flagstaff Medical Center-Reduction of Hospital Readmissions for Patients with Previously Identified Malnutrition

ISSUE Malnutrition is a serious issue, with 1 in 3 U.S. hospital patients being affected. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have projected reduced reimbursement for malnutrition readmissions within 30 days of discharge. At Flagstaff Medical Center (FMC), 42% of patients identified at risk for malnutrition were being readmitted within 30 days of […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight-Coastal Carolinas Health Alliance-Regional Health Information Exchange (HIE) Improves Quality and Transition of Care throughout North Carolina

ISSUE Coastal Connect Health Information Exchange (CCHIE) is a stakeholder initiative within Coastal Carolinas Health Alliance and includes unaffiliated healthcare entities and providers integrating EMR systems to provide for the exchange of and access to clinical documents in support of improved care transition. SOLUTION Regional strategies have established an environment where data exchange and utilization […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight – Somerset Hospital – Enjoying Continued Success through Sustainable Labor Management Enhancements

ISSUE Shifting reimbursement practices, decreasing financial margins and the rise in competition from nearby hospitals created challenges for Somerset Hospital. The Executive Leadership Team sought a proactive approach to controlling costs and ensuring future sustainability. SOLUTION Somerset Hospital implemented a customized, three-component process with practical and sustainable financial improvements to address existing financial and operational […]

What’s Your Level of Supply Chain Maturity?

by Lori Pilla, Vice President, Custom Contracting and Supply Chain Consulting Solutions, Intalere The maturity of your supply chain depends on many factors, including size of the organization, class of trade and available resources. The capabilities your organization possesses in terms of tactics, operations and strategy can offer a glimpse into where you are in […]

Intalere Awards and Compendium Illustrate the Benefits of a Provider-Led Model

By Julius Heil, President and CEO, Intalere Each year, through the Intalere Healthcare Achievement Awards program, Intalere recognizes its members for their successful initiatives implemented to enhance quality and operations, improve patient satisfaction and increase community awareness and education. For our most recent program, 13 winners were chosen to receive awards for their outstanding initiatives. […]

Healthcare Economics – Healthcare Can’t Survive or Thrive Without Supply Chain

A Guest Blog Post by Joe Walsh, VP of Supply Chain and Chief Purchasing Officer, Intermountain Healthcare A consistent theme throughout Intalere’s blog posts and really in every communication they have with employees, members and suppliers, is the absolute vital role that supply chain plays in building a sustainable financial model for healthcare going forward. This week, I […]

Reducing the Total Cost of Ownership through Freight Management

By Lori Pilla, Vice President, Custom Contracting and Clinical Advantage, Intalere Among the supply chain best practices we have discussed recently is the ability to manage the total cost of ownership – More than just the purchase costs and what you actually pay at the time of transaction, supply chain professionals must develop a keen […]

How to Find Opportunities to Advance Your Supply Chain Organization

By Brent Johnson, President and CEO, Intalere A recent supply chain survey conducted by UPS found that only 18 percent of companies could produce a current supply chain strategy document with a detailed project roadmap. Why? Much of it has to do with the fact that supply chain, especially in the case of healthcare, is […]

Four Key Capabilities for Supply Chain Excellence

By Brent Johnson, President and CEO, Intalere Healthcare entities have long been behind the curve when it comes to supply chain success. But in recent years, I have noticed we are beginning to “turn the corner,” and focusing on equipping our organizations and people with the resources and knowledge to elevate the supply chain as […]

The 12 Fundamental Best Practices of Supply Chain Management (#10-12)

By Brent Johnson, President and CEO, Intalere In my last post of this series, we focus on the final three fundamental supply chain best practices, around internal business costs and processes. Manage inventory – The key to maximizing your strategy should include aspects of inventory control (access), management (establishing par levels, etc.) and integrity (expiration), […]