Supply Chain

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight – Mankato Surgery Center – Managing the Supply Chain and Inventory Efficiencies

ISSUE Mankato Surgery Center was noticing variables in the year-end physical inventory counting, inconsistencies in product nomenclature, inaccuracies in identifying consignment inventory, and inaccuracies of the physical counts that lead to significant over-valuation of inventory and difficulty in determining profitability. SOLUTION A newly created multi-disciplinary Inventory Efficiency Workgroup identified the general assumptions and developed a […]

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 […]

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-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) […]

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 […]

Four Steps to Effectively Manage Your Purchased Services Spend

Four Steps to Effectively Manage Your Purchased Services Spend By Chris Gormley, CEO, Medpricer, and Marshall Busko, Senior Director, Information Technology Solutions, Intalere Purchased Services represent 40-50 percent of a health system’s non-labor spend making it a significant untapped opportunity to help healthcare providers meet their budgets in an era of declining reimbursements. But how […]

The Importance of Price Transparency

By Jim Webb, Executive Vice President, Business Development at BroadJump, and Shon Wettstein, Vice President, Product Management, Intalere Among the most critical struggles hospital supply chain executives face today is not truly knowing fair market prices for the goods they are purchasing on an everyday basis. This is due to a pervasive lack of information […]