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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

What’s Behind a Mature Supply Chain Organization’s Operational Excellence and Value Enhancement? Training!

What’s Behind a Mature Supply Chain Organization’s Operational Excellence and Value Enhancement? Training!

Timothy Hagler At home in South Carolina we have a saying that is especially poignant when we see one of our good friends hanging out with their old hunting dogs. We say “’tarnt a new trick ‘atwixt ‘em.” While the truism that old dogs aren’t very quick at learning new tricks is fun to say, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Value Analysis Leadership Interview

Value Analysis Leadership Interview

Beth Potter, RN, CMRP, CVAHP, UnityPoint Health, Des Moines, IA Mary (Beth) Potter is the Immediate Past President of the Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals. She is also a Certified Material Resource Professional, Certified Value Analysis Healthcare Professional, and Director of Clinical Value Analysis and Pharmacy Contracting at UnityPoint Health in Des Moines, Iowa.​ It […]

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