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Inside This Issue

Intermountain Healthcare Shares Secrets Behind Supply Chain Success

Learn how Intermountain Healthcare embarked on a journey of improvements in processes, people, and technology-and took nearly $172 million out of its supply chain in five years.

Hospital-Physician-Payer P4P Collaborative Reduces Morbidity-and Saves Millions  

Reducing clinical variance is a key part of a successful pay-for-performance program that has helped one Montana medical center beat the inflation rate-while improving care for patients.

Lower Costs, Higher Revenue: The New Role of Pharmacy in Today's Health

Learn why Indiana University Health's pharmacy has a seat in the C-suite based on its role in helping the health system achieve $12 million in savings and new revenue in a two-year period.

One Approach to Cost Savings: An Attitude of Servitude  

A customer-first approach has helped the University of Iowa save more than $10 million.

Evaluating the Costs of Building Integration Software from Scratch  

Integrating new software into an existing hospital IT system can be challenging, time consuming, and costly. Before diving in, hospitals should consider the time and cost factors in developing a solution internally.

Web Extras   

Simple Reminders Can Reduce Blood Test Costs  

Hospitals can achieve cost savings by reminding surgical house staff and attending physicians about the charges associated with ordering daily blood drawing for routine blood work, according to a recent report.

Lee Memorial's Employee Health Clinic Reduces Costs for Employers

At Lee Memorial, an initiative to reduce escalating employee healthcare costs through an employee health clinic is reducing costs for employers-and increasing satisfaction of employers and patients. 

At ThedaCare, Lean Processes Are Improving Productivity-and Reducing Costs  

Productivity has increased 20 percent since Lean Six Sigma processes were adopted across the organization-and have saved more than $2,200 per patient on one unit alone. 

Future Supply Chain Strategies at Intermountain: Strategic Sourcing and Joint Contracting  

Learn how Intermountain Healthcare plans to expand on supply chain strategies such as strategic sourcing and joint contracting with other health systems