Distribution Partnership Leads to 10 Percent Cost Savings for Edward-Elmhurst Health

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Reducing medical supply costs is often part of a health system’s strategic plan, but a lack of visibility into product purchasing trends can put a hinder on standardization efforts. To enhance supply chain efficiencies at nearly 80 of its physician office sites, Edward-Elmhurst Health, one of the larger integrated health systems in Illinois, launched a three-year distribution partnership with Medline that … Read More

Post-Acute Care Takes on Capitol Hill

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AHCA-NCAL blog 5-27-16

In late May, more than 400 long-term care owners, operators and caregivers from across the country gathered in Washington, D.C. for the American Health Care Association (AHCA) and National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) annual Congressional Briefing. During this briefing, marchers lobby lawmakers on important issues that impact their business and the patients they serve. Joining the march were forty-five … Read More

Understanding Purchasing Decisions to Reduce Supply Chain Costs

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Studies have shown that supply chain represents 40 to 50 percent of a hospital’s operating expensive. Proper management and control of purchasing can often help healthcare organizations reduce supply chain costs. To help enhance operational efficiencies at its facility, SBH Health System recently awarded Medline a three-year, $40 million prime vendor agreement. SBH is home to St. Barnabas Hospital, a … Read More

Extending Cost Savings to Your Non-Traditional Healthcare Markets

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With more than 7,000 member locations nationwide, including membership outside of traditional healthcare markets, CHAMPS Group Purchasing sought to offer even more members the opportunity to access cost savings opportunities through GPO contract participation. To achieve this, CHAMPS signed a three-year custom contract with Medline that offers members in scientific markets—such as research, blood and transplant—negotiated pricing on a robust portfolio of … Read More

Pressure Injury or Pressure Ulcer?

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McKnights article blog 5-25-16

The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel recently made significant updates to the definitions and staging system for pressure ulcers to reflect the latest evidence and trending practice changes. The most immediately noticeable change was the updated terminology, from “pressure ulcer” to the more precise “pressure injury.” McKnight’s spoke with Medline CNO Martie L. Moore, RN, MAOM, CPHQ, about this new … Read More

What Numbers Can Teach You about Your ASC

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ASC reporting blog 5-20-16

By now we’ve heard about hospitals reporting infection rates and other quality measures for quite some time. But hospitals aren’t the only places where surgeries can occur. What about ambulatory surgery centers? More and more, patients are sent to ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) rather than hospitals for certain procedures. So it was only a matter of time until they would … Read More