Enhance the Effectiveness of Your Supply Chain with Clean Data

By Shon Wettstein, Vice President of Business Development and Product Management Clean data could be defined as accurate catalog fields that reduce transactional discrepancies, promote in-depth organizational reporting and assist in the implementation of standardized product categories across your enterprise. Clean data is always a work in progress, not just an outcome. So what are […]

Are You Maximizing the Value of Your Insurance Services?

By Chris Agnello, Vice President, Intalere Insurance Services Obtaining and implementing insurance services for your healthcare organization is often viewed as a necessity of doing business, rather than a more strategic opportunity to reduce costs and align with the financial, operational and strategic needs of the organization and its employees. Certainly, employee benefits tend to […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight: Highlands Hospital – IM WELL (Integrative Medicine – Women Excelling Living Life)

ISSUE Women within the community voiced concerns that they felt their health was not taken as seriously as their male counterparts. Additionally, women wanted techniques to reduce stress and anxiety, and help to achieve optimal health status. SOLUTION Based upon the results of a Community Health Needs Assessment and the completion of a Strategic Plan […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight – Supply Cost Efficiencies: How Increasing the Use of Custom Packs Helped WASC

ISSUE Wooster Ambulatory Surgery Center (WASC) was facing many inventory issues: inventory costs out of proportion, inefficient management of the supplies needed and how they are purchased and/or stored and too many miscellaneous items on stock shelves. SOLUTION WASC became a sole-source member of Intalere and began utilizing Intalere supplier contracts to receive the best […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight-Woodlawn Hospital Cost Reduction on Orthopedic Implants

ISSUE Woodlawn Hospital was incurring a cost increase on orthopedic implants every year while their reimbursement remained the same. The facility needed to find a way to reduce their cost of implants. SOLUTION Woodlawn tried to negotiate directly with their supplier and to also “piggy back” onto a contract with another local hospital. While the […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight-Milford Regional Medical Center-Redefining Traditional Roles to Reduce Readmissions

ISSUE The senior management team and board of trustees of Milford Regional Medical Center identified reducing avoidable readmissions as a hospital-wide goal. Although certain diagnoses contribute to the bulk of readmissions, Milford Regional identified medication, discharge planning, patient and family engagement, and social issues (transportation and nutrition) as key areas affecting readmissions. SOLUTION The facility […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight-Washington Rural Health Collaborative Achieves Value-Based Readiness and Transformation

ISSUE With CMS and Washington State detailing specific targets for transitioning to value-based payment (VBP), and private payers clearly expressing their intent to accelerate the transition, rural providers must create the infrastructure and culture to manage the transition or run the very real risk of being left behind and compromising access and outcomes for the […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight-Parkview Health-Supply Chain Takes on Construction RFP and Bid Management

ISSUE A major lesson learned from Parkview Health System’s rapid growth expansion over the past several years was that there were gaps in transparency of construction bids, contractual requirements and invoice review with which Supply Chain could have assisted. SOLUTION Teams were assembled to conduct a gap analysis and develop process improvements for construction acquisition […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight-Leveraging RFID Technology and Value Analysis to Manage Expiring Inventory-University of Chicago Medicine

ISSUE Expiring medical devices represent significant financial costs to healthcare institutions, but also represent a risk to patient safety. An issue that is many times dismissed as a ‘cost of doing business,’ expiring inventory is a problem that required University of Chicago Medicine (UCM) Supply Chain to effectively engage clinicians and suppliers in order to […]

Aggregating Purchasing and Expertise to Achieve Value – Blackmaple Group

ISSUE Blackmaple Group (BMG) discovered that each member of its client U.S. Women’s Health Alliance (USWHA), an association of 400 OBGYNs, was paying widely variable prices for goods, and each had individual relationships with distributors and group purchasing organizations (GPOs). Streamlining would create efficiency, knowledge and value. SOLUTION BMG drove a request for proposal (RFP) […]