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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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  • Achieving Excellence in Health Care Supply Chain Logistics

    July 01, 2019 | Content Areas: Logistics | Formats: White Paper

    This paper will focus on three areas that are thought to be key components for a strong logistics program. Those are improving visibility, enhancing delivery options, and actionable analytics. Based on this information, prioritizing logistics for both process improvements and as a cost savings initiative is important. Choosing the right partner to help navigate the complexities of a total logistics overhaul can help alleviate some of the concerns while also driving substantial savings.

  • Concord Hospital Supply Chain Management’s Journey to ISO 9001 Certification

    July 01, 2019 | Content Areas: Technology | Formats: White Paper

    This paper will share Concord Hospital’s journey to ISO 9001 certification, define the quality management system (QMS), the six key policies of the QMS and outline the key components of each of those policies as they relate to supply chain. Lastly, this paper explores how it all ties into the Cost, Quality and Outcomes (CQO) Movement.

  • AHRMM18 CQO Summit White Paper

    The 2018 AHRMM CQO Summit white paper details how health care supply chain professionals can secure clinical engagement when introducing key cost, quality and outcomes (CQO) initiatives within their hospitals and health systems. The AHRMM CQO Summit was held on Monday, August 13, 2018, during the AHRMM18 Conference and Exhibition in Chicago.

  • 21st-Century Health Care Supply Chain: The Keys to Making Technology and Collaboration Practical, Not Just Buzzwords

    November 27, 2018 | Content Areas: Procurement | Tags: Cost Management, CQO, Inventory Management, Strategic Sourcing, Sustainability | Formats: White Paper

    Go beyond industry buzzwords to learn more about the benefits of a sustainable health care supply chain that incorporates the latest technologies and collaboration practices to help heath care organizations flourish.

    Presented by H-Source Inc. Logo

  • Supply Chain’s Changing Role in the Expanding Care Continuum

    October 25, 2018 | Content Areas: Strategic Planning | Formats: White Paper

    In an effort to meaningfully impact costs, quality and outcomes, medical services are being transitioned from the hospital into non-acute settings.

    By Kara L. Nadeau, vice president and founder, KLN Communications, Inc.

  • Implementing RFID in the Medical Device Supply Chain: The Journey at BJC HealthCare

    August 21, 2018 | Formats: White Paper

    The lack of end-to-end supply chain visibility in the medical device channel contributes to an estimated five billion dollars ($5B) of inventory waste for the U.S. health system today. (PNC Healthcare and GHX, 2011) RFID is a key technology that is enabling health systems, distributors and manufactures to partner together to remove this waste. Successful implementation of RFID in a healthcare delivery organization takes careful planning, execution, and change management agility.

    This paper explores the RFID implementation journey at BJC HealthCare in St. Louis, MO and the corresponding lessons learned, and value gained through achieving end-to-end supply chain visibility.

    By Stephen A. Kiewiet, CMRP, FAHRMM, Chief Commercial Officer at Intalere

  • Supply Chain: Collaborating with Clinicians to Support Safe Patient Care

    August 21, 2018 | Formats: White Paper

    Today hospitals and health care organizations are looking to health care supply chain professionals to help support patient care activities. No longer is the supply chain department and its staff relegated to a purely operational position of providing inventory and stocking.  The supply chain now has a voice at the table with representation on committees and working quality improvement projects. With collaboration, there is a major fiscal, administrative, and operational role to play.  This supply chain role allows for an interprofessional partnership with clinicians working for improved patient outcomes.

    By Colleen Cusick, DNP, MBA, RN, CMRP, FAHRMM, Materials Management Department, The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

  • The Critical Link Between Cost, Quality, and Outcomes (CQO) and Unique Device Identification (UDI) White Paper

    July 04, 2018 | Content Areas: Technology | Tags: CQO, Data Standards, Regulatory, UDI | Formats: White Paper

    In an effort to capture broader insights on UDI adoption from across the health care field, AHRMM, with participation by the FDA, held LUC Data Quality Workshops during four conferences in 2017. During these workshops, conference attendees had the opportunity to voice their opinions on the state of UDI data quality, hurdles to UDI adoption and what recommended practices are necessary for providers and suppliers to effectively capture the UDI and use it in meaningful ways.  

    A clear message has emerged from health care stakeholders – the only way to drive greater UDI adoption across the health care field is for the individuals and groups engaged in UDI efforts to collaborate, share their experiences, and learn from each other. In this paper, we leverage these collective insights to present challenges faced by providers and manufacturers today with regards to UDI adoption, and highlight potential solutions that have emerged from the work of the LUC and other health care participants.

  • AHRMM17 CQO Summit White Paper

    November 20, 2017 | Content Areas: Leadership | Tags: Change Management, Cost Management, CQO, Reimbursement | Formats: White Paper

    This white paper was written as a recap of the AHRMM17 Cost, Quality, and Outcomes (CQO) Summit, held in July 2017 in Washington, D.C. The paper presents an overview of the keynote presentation on the delivery and integration of care, roundtable discussions, and a recap of the panel discussion on supply chain’s role in population health management.

  • Preparing Supply Chain to Meet Meaningful Use

    August 08, 2017 | Content Areas: Technology | Tags: UDI | Formats: White Paper

    This AHRMM Fellow paper will define the regulation and explore how a supply chain department can support their organization in meeting this aspect of the regulations. Understanding the alphabet soup of acronyms that is Unique Device Identifier (UDI), their meaning, how to understand and read the standardized labeling are crucial first steps. Organizations should able to identify what defines an implant. Recognizing why is there a need to capture barcode information and have that information recorded in a patient’s record will improve continuity of care.

  • Grady Health System’s Transformation from Traditional Value Analysis to Value Based Product Selection

    March 06, 2017 | Content Areas: Value Analysis | Tags: Clinical Resource Management, Cost Management, CQO, Physician Preference | Formats: White Paper

    This case study provides a review of Grady Health System’s transformation from traditional Value Analysis Joint Product Review Team structure to Value Based Selection Committees which promote shared governance including system wide physicians and executives focusing on full integration of cost, quality, outcome (CQO) analysis to ensure selection of products offering the greatest overall value for cost reduction and improvement of outcomes.

  • AHRMM16 CQO Summit White Paper

    October 25, 2016 | Content Areas: Leadership | Tags: Analytics, CQO, Regulatory, Reimbursement | Formats: White Paper

    This white paper was written as a recap of the AHRMM16 Cost, Quality, and Outcomes (CQO) Summit, held in August of 2016 in San Diego. The paper presents an overview of the keynote presentation on the delivery and integration of care, roundtable discussions, and a recap of the panel discussion on supply chain’s role in an alternative payment model environment.

  • Leveraging Millennials and Technology to Weather the Perfect Storm

    October 19, 2016 | Content Areas: Finance | Tags: Analytics, Change Management, Cost Management, CQO, Inventory Management | Formats: White Paper

    To develop larger savings opportunities, supply chain must expand the use of supply utilization analysis and alignment. This requires effectively and collaboratively using real-time, granular usage data, acquired through electronic technology such as barcode and Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID). Understanding and engaging Millennials’ unique attitudes and capabilities, especially their technology orientation, and successfully integrating these with Baby Boomer attributes, will enable supply chain to leverage the new workforce culture through the increased use of electronic technology to shift the cost savings paradigm to supply utilization alignment. Through this synergy, supply chain can drive significant savings to help their facilities weather the perfect storm of declining revenues and increasing costs.

  • Painful Product Conversions

    August 15, 2016 | Content Areas: Value Analysis | Tags: Clinical Resource Management, Lean/Six Sigma | Formats: White Paper

    This AHRMM Fellow paper describes the development of a multidisciplinary and innovative product conversion process at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) in Boston, Massachusetts, when the existing process for changing products was dysfunctional. Indeed, effective change management is critical to achieving successful outcomes. The paper will explore some of the reasons why change fails; including lack of healthy working relationships, failure to communicate effectively, lack of leadership, lack of commitment, and inadequate planning. By examining the background of DFCI, and its products and standards team in particular, this paper investigates the reasons why the current process of changing products was failing. The writer will take a particularly close look at the relationship between nursing and the supply chain. The included case studies review actual conversions—one before implementation of a new product conversion process and one after. The latter case study describes the tools and processes that helped make the product conversion successful, among them Lean tools to help map out original and current states and identify problem points. The resulting product conversion process is easy to follow and equally easy to implement. This paper is presented as a way of sharing a process and tool that are customizable for any organization.

  • 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.

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