Tag: "Utilization"

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Positioning Yourself for Value Analysis Success

Positioning Yourself for Value Analysis Success

Robert W. Yokl When I first entered the value analysis world 24 years ago, I thought I was at a huge disadvantage by not being a nurse or a clinician. It was a feeling of going to another country and not speaking the language; I did not speak clinical. Mentally, this was very disenchanting but […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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