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AHRMM White Papers

White papers serve as resources for exploring and confronting the challenges and complexities faced in the supply chain field. AHRMM welcomes new additions to its library. In addition to white papers, AHRMM Fellow (FAHRMM) papers are included in the white paper repository. Note: viewing certain papers are a member-only benefit.

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  • Comparison of Ways to Replenish Storage Areas

    July 18, 2016 | Content Areas: Logistics | Tags: Distribution, Inventory Management, MMIS | Formats: White Paper

    This AHRMM Fellow paper explores nine different methods of replenishing a hospital storage area and compares and contrasts the steps nursing must progress through to retrieve the supplies they need for their patients. This paper will then compare and contrast the steps the Central Supply (CS) staff must follow to resupply/replenish each storage area. Additionally, this paper outlines the cost to equip a standard storage area with the requirements of each of the nine methods and will then point out some of the advantages and disadvantages of each of the nine methods and will then point out some of the advantages and disadvantages of each method.

  • Navigating 340B - A Supply Chain Primer

    July 07, 2016 | Content Areas: Strategic Planning | Tags: Cost Management, Pharmacy, Regulatory | Formats: White Paper

    The purpose of this white paper is to prepare Supply Chain professionals to better understand how to support navigating some of the risks and opportunities inherent in participating in the 340B Drug Discount Program. Pharmacy and Finance need to be most familiar with the details of participation and compliancy, but Supply Chain professionals are also increasingly being expected to support an organization’s engagement in the program. This increased expectation is arising not only from growing responsibility for Pharmacy’s Supply Chain, but also due to products that Supply Chain may be ordering or managing that need to be accounted for under the program in order to remain compliant.

  • A Framework for Success: Applying the Baldrige Excellence Framework to the Healthcare Supply Chain

    As the healthcare landscape continues to shift, supply chain is increasingly becoming a focus for providers seeking financial sustainability. For supply chain to become a catalyst for organization – wide improvement, a systems perspective is needed. The Baldrige Excellence Framework is an evaluative tool to drive systems thinking across the organization. While the Framework is typically utilized to assess the performance of an entire organization, such as a healthcare provider, this paper explores the application of the Baldrige Excellence Framework to the healthcare supply chain as a unique entity. A brief overview and history of the Baldrige program will be provided, and then the paper will center on a discussion of how each of the seven criteria categories can be applied to the healthcare supply chain, and how the application of the criteria may yield supply chain results.

  • Exploring Opportunities for Collaboration on CQO Initiatives Across Healthcare

    December 01, 2015 | Content Areas: Strategic Planning | Tags: CQO | Formats: White Paper

    The white paper written as a recap of the 2015 Cost, Quality, and Outcomes (CQO) Summit, held in August 2015. The four-part paper presents a review of the CQO Movement, summarizes the presentation on the changes in the payer sector, and recaps discussions on the CQO from a physician perspective and on the leading indicators and role of the supply chain.

  • Cost, Quality, and Outcomes: The Future of Healthcare Supply Chain

    December 01, 2014 | Content Areas: Leadership | Tags: Analytics, Cost Management, CQO | Formats: White Paper

    The white paper written as a result of the AHRMM Executive Thought Leader Summit held during the AHRMM14 Annual Conference & Exhibition in Orlando, Florida.

  • Realizing the Risks of Outsourcing: An Equipment Management Case Study

    October 01, 2014 | Content Areas: Procurement | Tags: Contracting, Purchased Services, Strategic Sourcing, Suppliers | Formats: White Paper

    As the pressures of reform continue to squeeze healthcare organizations, many are rushing into outsource relationships without fully understanding the benefits and risks associated with this type of business model. This AHRMM Fellow paper presents a case study illustration of one organization's journey through an outsource implementation. Through a consolidation of lessons learned, standard protocols for ongoing vendor relationship and performance management are established.

  • KanBan for Inventory Management in the GI Lab

    May 19, 2014 | Content Areas: Logistics | Tags: Distribution, Inventory Management, Shipping and Receiving | Formats: White Paper

    A review of inventory distribution methods utilized throughout healthcare including advantages, disadvantages, and considerations of best practice to assist with the selection of the correct method to be used in managing variable need supplies for a busy remote GI Lab.

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