Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight: Achieving Positive Clinical Outcomes by Minimizing Hypoglycemic Episodes Associated with Anti-Diabetic Agents – Sea View

ISSUE Insulin and other hypoglycemic products are categorized by the FDA and regulatory agencies as high-risk medications. Evidence suggests the use of these medications can cause serious resident injury or harm. Via a quality assurance process of glucometer data, Sea View recognized a large percentage of residents were triggering for hypoglycemic episodes while utilizing these […]

Best Practices in Automating Your Accounts Payable Function

By Tom O’Bannon, Senior Director, Enterprise Solutions, Supply Chain Strategies, Intalere Healthcare organizations face a number of challenges associated with accounts payable (AP)…and it’s easy for CFOs to lose sleep at night. Despite the increasing digitization of workflow and systems, the accounts payable process in many healthcare organizations remains mired in paper copies and manual workflow. […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight – Stemilt Growers and Confluence Health Collaborate to Create the Stemilt Clinic

ISSUE Treating patients with chronic diseases has become increasingly challenging as healthcare costs continue to rise and employers and patients alike experience the struggles of combating these mounting healthcare costs. The vast majority of employees at Stemilt Growers (a local business within the Confluence service area) have no access to healthcare services, and as a […]

Nutrition in the Changing Healthcare Landscape

by Peter Cayan, MA, RD, CDN, LDN Senior Director, Nutrition Specialists, Intalere Nutrition and nutrition therapy have never been more relevant than now in the age of healthcare reform and the changing healthcare landscape. I recently discussed this topic with Dr. Tracy Smith, senior clinical manager for Abbott Nutrition, for a podcast. According to the […]

Four Benefits of Utilizing Procure-to-Pay Best Practices

by Marshall Busko, Senior Director, Information Technology Solutions, Intalere The struggle to maintain greater control and compliance on spend – both clinical and non-clinical – coupled with the consistent demand to reduce costs and increase efficiency, can be overcome by consolidating procurement and expense management capabilities. Linking the procurement and accounts payable functions through an […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight – Peterson Regional Medical Center – Bridging the Gap During National IV Solution Shortage

ISSUE Peterson Regional Medical Center (PRMC) needed access to IV solutions six months prior to the acquisition of new IV equipment, however, due to a national shortage of IV solutions, PRMC was pressured to commit to a five-year agreement and/or transition all pharmacy business to their current vendor in order to obtain what was needed. […]

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. […]