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How Supply Chain Initiatives Saved More than $20 Million in 2 Years at Geisinger

A series of initiatives at Geisinger Health System is transforming the supply chaininto a service that supports higher quality and more cost-effective care.

The Strategic Value of Laboratory Outreach

To use their laboratory resources more effectively, hospitals should develop betterrelationships with the physician community and partner with other hospitals andacademic medical centers to both outsource and in-source lab tests.

Web Extra: Making the Laboratory the Leader in Clinical Integration

Although payment reform and expense management dominate discussions among healthcareproviders, clinical integration will soon emerge as the long-term strategic imperativefor community hospitals and health systems.

Improving Transportation Services Delivers $1 Million in Savings

By carefully reviewing transportation services across every part of its system,a large delivery network was able to uncover inefficiencies that inflated costsin the supply chain.

Uncovering Additional Value in Transportation Services

How can hospitals and health systems gain greater efficiency in transportation servicesand reduce costs? One transportation executive provides strategies organizationsshould consider.

Strategies for Improving Value in Pharmacy Operations

At Covenant Health System in Lubbock, Texas, efforts to reduce pharmacy costs haveled to enhanced quality of care, patient safety, and clinician satisfaction.

Reallocating Post-Discharge Calls Enhances the Patient Experience and the Bottom Line

Too often, the task of calling discharged patients to ensure appropriate follow-upcare falls on an already overburdened hospital nurse. Outsourcing the task may leadto improved care, happier patients, and lower readmission rates.

Costs of Treatment Higher than Reimbursement for Some Neurovascular Conditions

Studies by a professor of radiology and neurosurgery at Mayo Clinic show that treatmentcosts for some neurovascular conditions are higher than reimbursement from the Centersfor Medicare & Medicaid Services for such treatments.

Web Exclusive: Hospital Stays Shorter, More Costly

In 2009, the average inpatient hospital stay was 0.3 days shorter and $2,600 moreexpensive than the average stay in 1997, according to a recent report.

Web Exclusive: Report Indicates Bariatric Needs Are Rising

As hospitals continue to see an increase in morbidly obese patients, they are alsoexpanding services, supplies, and training needed to serve this population. 

Publication Date: Monday, February 13, 2012