Physician Preference Items

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 […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight-University of Vermont Health Network-Pricing and Efficacy Tool for Value-Based Product Selections

ISSUE University of Vermont Health Network wanted greater collaboration between clinicians and Supply Chain when making value-based product selections. SOLUTION University of Vermont Health Network addressed this issue by engaging with a technology and negotiation company to develop a mobile device application for physicians to view comparable cardiac rhythm management (CRM) device costs and features. […]

Supply Chain Strategies in Healthcare Reform Will Require Much More than Price Management

by Brent Johnson, Intalere President and CEO Supply Chain Management is practiced by most large companies with significant financial success, but what exactly is Supply Chain Management? More than just seeking to pay a lower price on products and services, it entails a disciplined, systematic process of analyzing corporate expenditures and developing strategies to reduce […]

Solving the PPI Problem

By Lori Pilla, Vice President, Supply Chain Optimization and Intalere Clinical Advantage, Intalere The costs and inherent issues of physician preference items (PPIs) in hospitals and surgery centers have been challenges in the healthcare setting for many years. But as providers are faced with shrinking reimbursements and service line contribution margins in this era of […]

Medical/Surgical Supplies and Physician Preference Items – Strategies to Improve Your Program

By Lori Pilla, Vice President, Clinical Advantage and Supply Chain Optimization, Intalere With reimbursement and service line margins shrinking, supply chain managers need proven strategies to cut supply costs, especially in the area of medical surgical supplies, without affecting the quality of care. Nearly half of all med surg supplies used are in the area […]