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Overview: Tremendous cost pressures within the U.S. health care system are forcing providers to explore alternate ways to save money. Additionally, many medical devices have hidden costs that are not always reflected in the purchase price.
Supply chain is a catalyst to reducing costs, maintaining high quality of care, and improving patient outcomes – all elements critical to the CQO Movement. Improving communication and collaboration across the healthcare field, and creating a leaner more efficient supply chain are driving forces that are now changing the environment for supply chain professionals across the country.
On-site supply storage is one of the core competencies of effective supply chain management, and adhering to standards and regulations is an ongoing practice. Whether products are stored in bins or in cardboard boxes, supply chain must ensure all employees follow guidelines for patient safety. In this recorded virtual roundtable education session, a panel of veteran supply chain professionals discuss The Joint Commission Standards and the necessity for risk assessment. The panelists then take questions from the attendees and continue the discussion on best practices.
Overview: There’s no question hospitals and health systems have an essential role in public health—but what about supply chain? Supply chain can have a significant role in local communities by supporting the social well-being of local populations and by understanding the continuing role that hospitals and health systems have in public health. This will provide a necessary framework for understanding the role of supply chain in social responsibility.  
Overview: Decreasing reimbursement, HIS conversions, increased market competition, and the transition from fee-for-service to value-based models of care have created a perfect storm of challenges for provider organizations across the U.S.