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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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Value Analysis and Open Payments

Value Analysis and Open Payments

James Russell, RN-BC, Value Analysis Facilitator, UF Health at Jacksonville Regular readers of my articles will recognize the term, “Open Payments,” and probably groan with annoyance. If you’ve spent any time with me at a conference, you’ve heard me bring up the topic ad nauseam (hopefully not literally). I have stated, and I maintain, that this […]

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 […]

The Value Analysis Job Plan

The Value Analysis Job Plan

Robert T. Yokl, President/CEO, SVAH Solutions One of the missing elements in most healthcare organizations’ value analysis methodologies is a value analysis job plan, or as Larry Miles, the father of value analysis, says, “A system for use when better than normal results are needed.” This would be the system that each of your value analysis project […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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