Group Purchasing Organizations

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) […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight – Virginia Mason Medical Center – Virginia Mason Memorial Supply Chain Integration

ISSUE With Supply Chain expenses for medical supplies, devices and implants hovering around 10% of an organization’s total net revenue, this is an area where economies of scale, negotiating power and collaboration come together to make healthcare more sustainable and cost effective. The Virginia Mason Health System is committed to taking advantage of these opportunities […]

Five Essential Steps to Positively Impact Your Bottom Line with Actionable Analytics

By Mark Whitman, Director, Supply Chain Diagnostix Services, Intalere Everywhere we turn in the healthcare industry today, we hear talk of “big data” and its growing and potential impact on healthcare delivery. The use of data will continue to grow as we move further and further down a path of pay for performance. Let’s look […]

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 […]

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, […]

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, […]

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), […]

The 12 Fundamental Best Practices of Supply Chain Management (#7-9)

By Brent Johnson, President and CEO, Intalere In my last post, we covered performance management, establishing a strategic sourcing strategy and managing the total cost of ownership as fundamental best practices of healthcare supply chain management. This week, we’ll move on to some supplier focused best practices and one that focuses on the payment process.  […]