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 […]

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 […]