Purchase Price is Just the Tip of the Iceberg

By Shannon Wheeler, Director, Supply Chain Solutions Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) refers to the total of all costs associated with every activity in the supply chain. More than just the purchase costs, TCO uncovers the more unseen costs involved in purchasing. In fact, the purchase cost often accounts for only a small portion of […]

Five Areas of Focus to Improve Patient Safety and Satisfaction

by Annette Hutchins, Senior Director, Medical Surgical Specialist Team Achieving patient-centered excellence and ensuring clinicians have the tools and support necessary to deliver evidence-based care consistently and safely, is a major objective for any healthcare organization. What are some of the important areas facilities are focusing on to help them along the journey to patient […]

Are You Maximizing the Benefits of Strategic Sourcing?

By Julius Heil, President and CEO, Intalere Strategic sourcing applies advanced sourcing techniques and drives simplification and standardization of sourced products and services. This strategy should focus on elimination of redundancies, refinement of business processes, ideas for continuous improvement and formalized savings tracking systems. A strong strategic sourcing function offers numerous benefits around lower costs, […]

Member Best Practice Spotlight – Parkview Health – Distribution Center Insourced Outbound Distribution Issue

The Parkview Health Distribution Center decided to move away from its primary inbound vendor, which would also negatively impact access to its outbound transportation vendor. Proposals offered by other vendors to replace the outbound transportation service would result in a cost increase detrimental to the savings to be experienced by the new inbound distribution provider. […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight-Island Hospital’s Community Mental Health Initiative

ISSUE Washington State has some of the highest rates of mental illness and the lowest rates of access to care in the United States. In fact, Washington State spends 40% less every year on mental health per capita than all other states in the U.S. Island Hospital and the Island Hospital Foundation have taken on […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight-Special Tree Rehabilitation Center-Creating a ‘Win-Win’ For Patients and Providers through Supply Chain Management

ISSUE In December 2014, the leadership team at Special Tree noted a 12% increase in year-over-year (YOY), 2013 vs. 2014, non-labor spend in spite of working with a group purchasing partner. During the same timeframe, the YOY revenue growth was less than 4%. Special Tree risked a negative impact on staffing levels and an unwanted, […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight – Fairfield Medical Center – Project Bright

ISSUE Fairfield Medical Center’s (FMC) facilities were out of date and did not provide the resources needed for the latest technology in surgical services, limiting Fairfield’s ability to provide the best quality services for their patients and community. There were also limitations in FMC’s healing environment that dictated the need to improve on patient recovery […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight – The Brookmeade Community Arts Initiative: Explorations in Art and the Brookmeade Chorus

ISSUE Finding effective avenues for self-expression and communication is important for every individual, but this is especially so for those living with dementia and chronic illnesses. The Brookmeade Community wanted to find a way to restore residents’ ability to express themselves, increase their self-esteem and improve their quality of life. SOLUTION The CEO/Administrator of The […]

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 […]