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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 chain into 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 better relationships with the physician community and partner with other hospitals and academic 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 healthcare providers, clinical integration will soon emerge as the long-term strategic imperative for 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 costs in the supply chain.

Uncovering Additional Value in Transportation Services

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

Strategies for Improving Value in Pharmacy Operations

At Covenant Health System in Lubbock, Texas, efforts to reduce pharmacy costs have led 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-up care falls on an already overburdened hospital nurse. Outsourcing the task may lead to 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 treatment costs for some neurovascular conditions are higher than reimbursement from the Centers for 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 more expensive 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 also expanding services, supplies, and training needed to serve this population. 

Publication Date: Monday, February 13, 2012