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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) […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Evidence is One Key to Your Success in Value Analysis

Evidence is One Key to Your Success in Value Analysis

We are a skeptical group in healthcare! This attitude is brought about by the medical and scientific training we have received in our schooling. We are also creatures of habit which is one of the strongest influences on our behavior in and out of the workplace. Therefore, to change our behavior or others’ we need […]

Supply Utilization Myths, Misunderstandings, and Mistakes

Supply Utilization Myths, Misunderstandings, and Mistakes

Why utilization savings are still illusive for most healthcare organizations Although the term utilization management seems to be understood by some supply chain managers and value analysis practitioners, in reality, there are still too many myths, misunderstandings, and mistakes about this new and emerging disciple. They are holding back massive new and better savings for […]

How Many VA Teams Do You Need?

How Many VA Teams Do You Need?

At most healthcare organizations, the answer is — less is more! We are often asked how many value analysis teams a healthcare organization should have to ring the towel dry on savings and improve quality and safety. Our answer is always the same; it depends on your hospital, system or IDN’s size, scope, and supply […]

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