Healthcare Supply Management

May 11, 2020  |  Director's Blog

We Need Supply Chain Immunity, not Resiliency: A Position Paper

In today’s post I am sharing insights from a position paper that my colleague Dan Finkenstadt, PhD, myself, and other academic and government officers are working on.  The paper is an attempt to create some logic in the fact of […]

May 7, 2020  |  Director's Blog

Needed: A National Governance Framework for Healthcare Supply Chains

The Tragedy of the Commons – A situation in which a shared resource system, where individual users, acting independently according to their own self-interest, behave contrary to the common good of all users by depleting or spoiling the shared resource […]

Mar 22, 2020  |  Director's Blog

Where are all the N95 Masks? A Supply Chain Dilemma

An interviewer asked a FEMA representative on CNN this evening a simple question:  How many N95 masks will be delivered to hospitals, and when will they arrive?  The representative managed to pivot and dodge the question, with a common response […]

Feb 9, 2020  |  Articles

Coronavirus reminds us to review supply chain continuity plans

The rapid escalation of the Corona virus has now devastated China and other regions, resulting in more than 800 deaths and more than 37,000 cases worldwide.  The most critical outcome of this issue is the tragic loss of life, but […]

Nov 5, 2019  |  Director's Blog

FDA Warns of Significant Drug Shortages – What Gives?

In a recent report, the FDA has warned of significant drug shortages in the U.S. These shortages are affecting approximately 130 drugs that are commonly used in the treatment of medical conditions or used in surgical procedures. The report titled […]

Sep 7, 2019  |  Articles

Physician Preference Cards: The Key to Hospital Low Inventory Utilization and Waste

Almost every hospital or IDN faces significant challenges in managing their operating room inventory, which can be traced to a simple concept:  utilization.  Utilization is simply a ratio of the $ value of clinical purchases BILLED to patients or insurance, […]

Feb 17, 2019  |  Director's Blog

Hospitals Suffer from a Lack of Market Transparency: New Evidence from a Research Project with SCWorx

Healthcare in the United States of America is a USD $3.2 Trillion industry, yet is often described by experts as a “cottage industry” due to the lack of maturity surrounding its contract management and supply chain practices.   Research suggests that […]

Dec 19, 2018  |  Articles

Using DRG Analytics to Drive TCO: The Holy Grail in Healthcare Analytics

Hospitals are bleeding money.  After a period in the 1980’s where the AMA was dictating prices they could charge, Medicare regulation, Part B, and introduction of bundled payments has now severely restricted the payments coming in to cover operations.  The […]

Nov 4, 2018  |  Director's Blog

An Interview with Anita Vila-Parrish on Healthcare Analytics

I had the opportunity this week to conduct a recorded interview with Dr. Anita Vila-Parrish, who is currently working at McKesson.   In the interview, we covered a variety of topics, including her extensive work in the field of healthcare analytics.  […]

Aug 24, 2018  |  Articles

New MBA Healthcare Analytics Class Takes Off This Fall

Healthcare providers are facing continued lower operating margins, increased risks and potentially once-in-a-lifetime health care reform.  With this backdrop, there is an increasing focus on Supply Chain Management as a means to minimize risk, optimize operating costs, improve revenue, improve […]