Category: Utilization Management

Clinical Supply Utilization Management Isn’t a Sometime Thing

Clinical Supply Utilization Management Isn’t a Sometime Thing

Robert T. Yokl, President/CEO, SVAH Solutions We congratulate the supply chain/value analysis practitioners that are attacking their utilization misalignments (i.e., the wasteful and inefficient consumption, misuse, misapplication, and value mismatches in your supply streams) when they get time to do so or when they stumble over them.   However, this isn’t giving enough attention to […]

Stumbling Around Vs. Targeting Your Clinical Supply Utilization Savings

Stumbling Around Vs. Targeting Your Clinical Supply Utilization Savings

David Hinkle, Independent Supply Chain Consultant, Issaquah, Washington When I first started out in supply chain management we didn’t use a lot of metrics to analyze our supply chain expenses. However, we knew if a certain department was over or under their budget. Yet, there was very little to tell us why this was happening. I’d just get a […]

How to Integrate Utilization into Your Hospital's Contracting and Price Processes

How to Integrate Utilization into Your Hospital’s Contracting and Price Processes

Robert W. Yokl, Sr. Vice President/COO, SVAH Solutions What if you knew that your overall supply utilization (total cost per operating metric) was at best practice levels for the commodity and/or product group you are about to enter into contract negotiations on. Would this change your mindset on how you go about negotiating the terms of […]

Supply Utilization Management: Flavor of the Month Fad or the Next Mission-Critical Cost and Quality Control System?

Supply Utilization Management: Flavor of the Month Fad or the Next Mission-Critical Cost and Quality Control System?

Robert W. Yokl, Senior Vice President, SVAH Solutions Supply utilization management (SUM) has its origins in the accounting world where it is known as activity-based costing (ABC). The best mainstream adoption of this ABC methodology in healthcare to date is in the form of budget to FTE reports. If you have ever managed employees at […]

Gaining the Next Level

Gaining the Next Level

Tim Ingram, MBA/HCM, CMRP Over the years, we have all experienced many of the mainstream process improvement methodologies, such as, TQM, ISO, Value Analysis, Six Sigma, and the many others that were designed to gain organizational focus. They have all had challenges with their levels of effectiveness. I am a proponent of anything that generates […]

Incorporating Supply Utilization Management (SUM) Into Your Value Analysis Program

Incorporating Supply Utilization Management (SUM) Into Your Value Analysis Program

Sum Will Help You Overcome the Three Biggest Challenges Value Analysis Teams Face Robert W. Yokl As value analysis professionals we would like to think that we can stick strictly to our set disciplines, methodologies, and processes and in the end gain the big quality and savings results that are needed for our healthcare organizations. […]

Why You Need to Focus on Supply Utilization Management

Why You Need to Focus on Supply Utilization Management

Robert T. Yokl, President/CEO, Strategic Value Analysis in Healthcare We know that value analysis practitioners are hungry for big savings to justify their existence in their healthcare organization. Since new GPO contracts and departmental requests usually cost a hospital, system or IDN money, how do value analysis practitioners make this goal happen? Well, the best way that […]

Broadening Our Perspectives

Broadening Our Perspectives

Robert W. Yokl, Sr. Vice President/COO, Strategic Value Analysis in Healthcare This issue, I am writing about what I consider to be one of the most important aspects of the mindset of a value analysis, clinical resource, or utilization management professional. This, I believe, is what your perspective or viewpoint is. Back in 2010, I gave a […]

It’s Time to Stack the Deck in Your Favor

It’s Time to Stack the Deck in Your Favor

The other day I completed a new SMART Success Value Analysis Model for a major product group for one of our large IDN customers. This new SMART Model is intended to highlight all of the areas of opportunity to reduce costs within this product category along with guiding protocols. The next day I went back over […]

Healthcare Value Analysis and Utilization Magazine

New Name with Same Vision for Savings and Quality

Robert W. Yokl You may have noticed on the cover of this issue that we have expanded the name of Healthcare Value Analysis Magazine to “Healthcare Value Analysis and Utilization Management Magazine.” If you are a reader of our past issues you notice that value analysis and utilization management practices intersect in so many ways […]

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Isn’t It Time We Let Employees and Staff Know How Much of Your Hospital’s Money They Are Wasting?

Isn’t It Time We Let Employees and Staff Know How Much of Your Hospital’s Money They Are Wasting?

No one at your healthcare organization will admit that they are wasting money, but that’s just what happens every day of every week of the year. When we try to do something about it, we hear the following excuses: “We can’t make changes that will risk patients’ lives.” “We have been doing it this way for […]

Finally, A Proven System That Engages Clinical Department Leaders to Save Money in Supply Utilization

Finally, A Proven System That Engages Clinical Department Leaders to Save Money in Supply Utilization

Why Do Clinical Departments Need More Proof Than Just Total Spend? Supply and Value Analysis Managers have been challenged with providing evidence to show where clinical departments’ supply utilization is running over. Normally, when the utilization overrun is brought to the clinical department manager’s attention in the form of spend totals, their first reaction is […]

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