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 […]

12 Things Healthcare Must Achieve Flash Video Series – Clinician Engagement

By Julius Heil, President and CEO, Intalere Sustainable success when it comes to supply chain initiatives, or truly any strategic initiative in a healthcare setting, is most likely achieved by involving representatives from all levels – executives, physicians, other clinicians and supply chain management – in the decision-making process. Physician involvement especially is critical for […]

12 Things Healthcare Must Achieve Flash Video Series – Measure and Manage Cost and Margin

By Julius Heil, President and CEO, Intalere Margin compression has wreaked havoc on the bottom line of healthcare providers over the past several years. This is an area where it pays to be more proactive than reactive. Comprehensive cost and quality data are critical to project success. Discussions should start with benchmark data for the […]

12 Things Healthcare Must Achieve Flash Video Series – The Importance of Scale

By Julius Heil, President and CEO, Intalere Mega-mergers, coupled with increasingly challenging market forces and an ever-shifting political landscape, have cast a cloud of confusion over where the U.S. healthcare delivery system is heading. The trend is toward larger systems, physician practice consolidation, supplier mergers and acquisitions, insurer M&A and integration, and new, creative partnerships. […]

Introducing the 12 Things Healthcare Must Achieve Flash Video Series – How Do You Define Disruption?

By Julius Heil, President and CEO, Intalere Daily news reports and happenings in the healthcare industry reflect what some might call the chaotic healthcare environment – everyone is seeking answers – Washington, private business collaboration, large healthcare provider responses, insurers, pharmacies and other points of care. What remains ever-more evident, is that value-based care will […]

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-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 […]

Lessons from a Rural Healthcare Revival

By Todd Bengtson, Sr. Director, Key Accounts, Intalere Rural healthcare providers today, especially those seeking to maintain some level of independence or autonomy, face very difficult circumstances. According to the National Rural Health Association (NRHA), nearly 50 rural hospitals have closed since 2010 and close to 300 others are in financial difficulty. There are several […]

What’s Your Level of Supply Chain Maturity?

by Lori Pilla, Vice President, Custom Contracting and Supply Chain Consulting Solutions, Intalere The maturity of your supply chain depends on many factors, including size of the organization, class of trade and available resources. The capabilities your organization possesses in terms of tactics, operations and strategy can offer a glimpse into where you are in […]

Intalere Awards and Compendium Illustrate the Benefits of a Provider-Led Model

By Julius Heil, President and CEO, Intalere Each year, through the Intalere Healthcare Achievement Awards program, Intalere recognizes its members for their successful initiatives implemented to enhance quality and operations, improve patient satisfaction and increase community awareness and education. For our most recent program, 13 winners were chosen to receive awards for their outstanding initiatives. […]