Tag: "cost"

Why Surgical Value Analysis is More Important than Ever Before

Why Surgical Value Analysis is More Important than Ever Before

Robert W. Yokl, Senior Vice President/COO, SVAH Solutions Historically, surgical value analysis (SVA) teams focused on evaluating the newest technologies that surgeons and clinical leaders believed would improve patient outcomes for their respective procedures/cases. While this remains a stalwart goal of most SVA teams, we must evolve to meet the growing challenges our hospitals, systems, and IDNs face. […]

How is Your Value Analysis Pipeline?

How is Your Value Analysis Pipeline?

Robert W. Yokl, Sr. Vice President/COO, SVAH Solutions There are so many different methods, strategies, and configurations of value analysis teams/committees around the country, but there is one underlying element that every team must have in order to be successful – a good pipeline. This term is a sales terminology that companies use to predict where their […]

Find Champions Who Will Guarantee Your VA Team’s Success

Find Champions Who Will Guarantee Your VA Team’s Success

Robert T. Yokl, President/CEO, SVAH Solutions There is one common thread that I have observed with ultra-successful value analysis teams; they all have champions – at the highest level – to challenge, motivate, and fight for them through the good times and bad. Even Larry Miles, the father of value analysis, had a champion (his boss) […]

The Lone Ranger Effect

The Lone Ranger Effect

Healthcare value analysis is a real profession and a lifetime career for those who decide to make it so. Yet, too many value analysis professionals decide to go it alone when they enter this profession. Meaning, they have no training, mentoring, or pathway to success to follow in this important field. Too many are “winging […]

A Blueprint for Greater Performance and Focus In Value Analysis and Supply Utilization Management

A Blueprint for Greater Performance and Focus In Value Analysis and Supply Utilization Management

Robert T. Yokl, President, SVAH Solutions We know from experience that any system as a whole is greater than its parts. It’s the same with value analysis (VA) and supply utilization management (SUM) practices. As standalones, the savings techniques of value analysis and supply utilization management can be very effective, but employed together they can […]

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 […]

What’s Your Value Analysis Onboarding Process?

What’s Your Value Analysis Onboarding Process?

James Russell, RN-BC, Value Analysis Facilitator, UF Health at Jacksonville “What’s your value analysis onboarding process?” During an interview for a Value Analysis Facilitator (VAF), we had a candidate ask this question. We looked at each other and thought, “Well, we show you where your office is, give you a code to get into the […]

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 […]

Savings and Quality Aren’t Mutually Exclusive

Savings and Quality Aren’t Mutually Exclusive

We have all heard the criticism that any value analysis initiative can and will eventually create quality issues for patients, or some variation of this negative comment, many times in our supply chain career. When in fact, value analysis, if performed correctly, can actually improve the quality for your staff and patients. Let us prove […]

Connecting the Dots: Time, Cost, and Quality

Connecting the Dots: Time, Cost, and Quality

It’s important to master all three cost drivers. Value analysis is an interconnected process centering on time, cost, and quality. If you aren’t focusing on all three of these elements with your value analysis program, you aren’t maximizing your outcomes. In this article, we will explore all three elements in detail and why they are […]

Double-Barrel Approach to Value Analysis

Double-Barrel Approach to Value Analysis

Cutting Costs and Waste While Also Improving Quality The late and great comedian, Rodney Dangerfield, always talked about not getting any respect in his daily life. He once said, “Last week I told my psychiatrist that I keep thinking about suicide. He told me from now on I have to pay in advance.” Well, I […]

Nursing Impact Analysis Program: Raising Up the Voice of Nursing

Nursing Impact Analysis Program: Raising Up the Voice of Nursing

Karen E. Bry, RN, BA, CPHQ, System Director for Nursing Education and Professional Practice, Sinai Health System, Chicago Illinois. Historically the rank and file, front line nursing department staff has had little influence or control over the flow of new products. Decisions are made by purchasing department management in consultation with nursing management. Nursing staff […]

Value Analysis Leadership Interview

Value Analysis Leadership Interview

Dee Donatelli, Sr. Vice President, Provider Services, Hayes, Inc. Dee Donatelli is the current President of the Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Association. She is also a Certified Material Resource Professional, Fellow of the Association of Healthcare Resource Material Management and an active member of AHRM’s Education Committee (HVAM) Could you give us a little […]

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