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Stop running out of supplies in your ORs, nursing and procedural areas and learn how to optimize your PAR levels. Karen Morlan, Administrative Director of Supply Chain Operations at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, explains the process of PAR optimization to reduce supply chain and nursing staff time, maximize value of a purchase order and eliminate the need to stock pile.
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In this AHRMM webcast, Karen Morlan, administrative director of supply chain operations at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC), explains the process of PAR optimization to reduce supply chain and nursing staff time, how to maximize the value of a purchase order, and effective strategies to eliminate the need to stock pile. This webcast is also available as an AHRMM podcast.
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This 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 present health care procurement strategies of four countries - the United States, Botswana, the United Kingdom, and China - as a means to evaluate volume aggregation under different health care delivery models.   D
OverviewProvidence Health & Services is the third largest not-for-profit health system in the United States serving patients across Alaska, California, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. The organization operates 34 hospitals, 475 physician clinics, 22 long-term care facilities, 19 hospice, and home health programs, and 693 supportive housing units in 14 locations. Providence’s health plan serves its caregivers and other large employer groups covering 390,000 members.
A review of inventory distribution methods utilized throughout health care 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. Download Article
Medical Surgical Supply Distribution Request for Proposal. Download Now
Managing contract pricing more effectively—from creation to renewal or expiration—can deliver real operational and financial benefits for healthcare organizations. Yet because of its complexity, contract price management may be one of the most underutilized tools for maximizing cost savings in healthcare. Disparate information technology (IT) systems that do not share information and lack of widespread adoption of industry data standards for product and organizational/location identification all contribute to this complexity.
The FDA UDI ruling has finally arrived - the proposed rule has published. Please see the FDA website (www.fda.gov/udi) for a link to the proposed regulation. Highlights include a 120 day comment period to begin shortly, 6 months later a final ruling that will begin with Class III devices within 2 years, possibly sooner. Below is the FDA press release:
This document is intended to provide information about submitting data to the database for device Labelers, entities responsible for providing the data to the GUDID.   Download Now
The Internal Revenue Service released a
Overview: As more hospitals and healthcare systems merge, many find themselves in uncharted waters especially as it comes to effectively integrating both systems and cultures. This webinar will provide an overview of the key components critical to collaboratively developing and implementing an effective integration plan that addresses both technical and cultural issues. It will include best practices and lessons learned from other organizations which may save time in the creation of an integration plan.
Overview: Healthcare institution resources, logistics structure, and personnel culture are all factors to consider when deciding which inventory method is right for you. When you find the right one and departments commit to proper usage, waste is reduced and clinical efficiency and supply management effectiveness are improved.
Overview: This session is a comprehensive approach to understanding Lean Management System concepts, processes, and tools and their application to improving inventory management in the healthcare supply chain. This webinar was previously recorded on March 29, 2013.
Overview: This presentation discusses the healthcare supply chain, its strengths and weaknesses. It reviews best practices around the industry, including what Intermountain Healthcare has done with building its own logistics/distribution functionality. It will also present the implications of the future of the industry with the changing horizon that comes with the Affordable Care Act, including preparing to serve the non-acute operations.
This course provides an overview of the strategies, processes and methods used in inventory management and distribution, customer service metrics, and inventory valuation. This course is also available as part of the CMRP bundle.
This book provides students, faculty, managers, and researchers with a clear understanding of the health care supply chain and its role in health care strategy. It builds on fundamental concepts including sourcing of materials, forecasting demand, selecting and employing distribution models, and assessing risks, showing how they aid in the pursuit of supply management excellence in the health sector.