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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. […]

Inspiration, Education, or Sarcasm?

Inspiration, Education, or Sarcasm?

James Russell, RN-BC, Value Analysis Facilitator, UF Health at Jacksonville Most of us have interesting little quotes attached to our Outlook (or Lotus) auto-signatures. These can be spiritual in nature, thought provoking, or even a little sarcastic. I like the snarky ones the best. I also like those that weave some kind of message that […]

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 […]

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 […]

Re-Energizing Your Value Analysis Program

Re-Energizing Your Value Analysis Program

Robert W. Yokl As we begin this New Year of 2016, I thought I would offer my view on how to get unstuck from the endless loop of our supply/value chain worlds. The goal would be to freshen up, enthuse, and motivate yourself and your teams to get even more results than you ever thought […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Future of Supply Chain Expense Management is Now!

The Future of Supply Chain Expense Management is Now!

“Every so often an idea, innovation, invention, and revolution appear in the marketplace that changes the game forever. We call these breakthroughs ‘Game Changers’ or the rules or variations that change the game enough that a new or different game emerges.” Healthcare organizations are now facing big challenges in lower revenues, more patients and value-based […]

Finally, A Proven System That Engages Clinical Department Leaders to Save Money in Supply Utilization

Finally, A Proven System That Engages Clinical Department Leaders to Save Money in Supply Utilization

Why Do Clinical Departments Need More Proof Than Just Total Spend? Supply and Value Analysis Managers have been challenged with providing evidence to show where clinical departments’ supply utilization is running over. Normally, when the utilization overrun is brought to the clinical department manager’s attention in the form of spend totals, their first reaction is […]

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 […]

Why Do We Continue to Ride an Old Tired Horse?

Why Do We Continue to Ride an Old Tired Horse?

Price Savings Have Diminished by a Shocking 70% to 80% Overall Many of my peers think I am crazy when I make the statement that price savings is fizzling and that the majority of the bonafide big savings opportunities now reside in utilization management of their supplies, services, and technologies we are now negotiating best […]

The New Low Hanging Fruit Is Supply Utilization

The New Low Hanging Fruit Is Supply Utilization

Why Aren’t We Jumping On These Juicy Low Hanging Savings Opportunities? Most healthcare organizations are still operating on a VA model that is strictly focused on group purchasing (GPO) for price savings. Most value analysis teams are caught up in making these GPO savings happen along with evaluating their new product requests for their healthcare organization. Now […]

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7 Critical Mistakes of Supply Utilization Management

Don’t let these challenges hold back your healthcare organization’s big savings! There was a time when utilization wasn’t even in the healthcare supply chain management’s lexicon. Utilization was something that hospitals focused on to reduce their patient’s length of stay, and not how effectively, efficiently, and judiciously the products, services or technologies were employed to get […]