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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 […]

How to Keep Everyone Motivated in the Value Analysis Game

How to Keep Everyone Motivated in the Value Analysis Game

Robert W. Yokl, Senior Vice President/COO, SVAH Solutions Let’s face it, we need everyone involved in our value analysis program to stay positive, stay the course, and, most importantly, stay motivated to keep working in the program. This is a challenge for many value analysis professionals who are leading and facilitating their healthcare organization’s value analysis program. Most […]

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) […]

Supply Chain Education Is Not an Expense. It Is an Investment.

Supply Chain Education Is Not an Expense. It Is an Investment.

Michael Bohon, CPSM, C.P.M., CMRP, Managing Director of HealthCare Solutions Bureau In the healthcare environment there are so many opportunities for us to spend money in order to improve our organizations. There are the essentials – staffing, facilities, equipment, supplies, etc., especially those in the diagnostic and treatment areas. Also, we are and have been inundated with new […]

Knowledge is Power if you Enhance Your Supply Chain Expense Data to Produce Meaningful Metrics

Knowledge is Power if you Enhance Your Supply Chain Expense Data to Produce Meaningful Metrics

Robert T. Yokl Data in and of itself is useless, but if enhanced with clinical, financial and supply chain information to produce meaningful metrics it can become a powerful tool to uncover savings opportunities, quality and safety defects and even predict events in your supply chain streams that you would want to know about.   Wouldn’t it […]

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 […]

The Best Way to Gain Value Analysis Focus and Performance

The Best Way to Gain Value Analysis Focus and Performance

Robert W. Yokl, Sr. Vice President, SVAH Solutions As we enter in the new level of quality and supply chain performance with our value analysis programs, we are now being called upon to do so much more than just evaluate products, services, and technologies. We are being asked to ensure that not only are these […]

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 […]

Four Essential Productivity Tips for Value  Analysis Practitioners

Four Essential Productivity Tips for Value Analysis Practitioners

Robert T. Yok, President, SVAH Solutions No longer can value analysis practitioners just evaluate new products for their appropriateness, quality, and their safety features. VA practitioners now need to be more productive in their practices since time and resources represent money too and need to be managed effectively. Value Analysis Teams Can Be Very Costly […]

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 […]

Are Your Suppliers Considered Your Value Analysis Advisors™?

Are Your Suppliers Considered Your Value Analysis Advisors™?

It is our opinion that a wealth of untapped knowledge and expertise exists within your supplier organizations, but isn’t being regularly tapped into by value analysis professionals in a systematic way. If only value analysis practitioners would consider their suppliers as Value Analysis Advisors™ they would find that their supplier resources can make their value […]

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