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The Healthcare Hub
The Healthcare Hub blog focuses on how greater collaboration and visibility across the supply chain can improve both clinical and financial performance in healthcare. Working with hospitals, manufacturers, distributors and group purchasing organizations (GPOs) in North America and Europe, GHX provides a global perspective on issues such as healthcare reform, standards adoption, automation, e-commerce and demand planning, among others.
ghxCategory: Compliance and Credentialing,Contracting,Supply Chain Optimization
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Managing contracts and compliance data is a challenge for healthcare organizations today. The process often involves people and departments across the organization requiring a secure but nimble system for tracking negotiations and approvals. Current regulations require healthcare providers to know more about who they are doing business with and to manage their vendor population with consistent scrutiny to maintain accurate data. Adding to the complexity, with mergers becoming more common, hospitals are seeing an increase in the number of local contracts along with contracts that fall outside of med-surg that need to be maintained as well. As a result, organizations need to interact with contracts in new ways, with more flexibility while maintaining even more data and security.

ghxCategory: Supply Chain Optimization
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Mergers and acquisitions (M&As) have become the norm in our industry. Most health systems and hospitals have been, or will soon be, involved in an M&A as we move into the era of “super IDNs.” At the end of the day, none of us are going to stop this activity from occurring, so what can we do to be successful? 

During a panel discussion at the 2017 Healthcare Supply Chain Summit entitled, “What provider supply chain executives should know about M&As: The Good, Bad and Ugly,” three seasoned experts in healthcare M&As shared their best practices and lessons learned -Nancy LeMaster, VP of Supply Chain Transformation at BJC HealthCare; John Berger Executive Director of Finance Shared Services at Piedmont Healthcare; and Karl Blomback, Corporate VP for Hackensack Meridian Health.

Kristin Miles
Director, North American Consulting GHX
ghxCategory: Supply Chain Optimization
Tuesday, May 09, 2017

You have probably heard it said, “You had to be there,” meaning that the retelling of the story probably doesn’t do justice to the actual experience. There are many such instances at the GHX Supply Chain Summit where over 800 healthcare supply chain professionals gather each year for insightful and thought provoking presentations and conversations. So, while there are many experiences at the Summit that you have to “be there” for, here are some thoughts, ideas and statements heard at the 2017 Supply Chain Summit that pack a punch even in the retelling.

ghxCategory: Analytics
Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Is your business strategy based more on gut feeling or a commitment to forecasting, formulating sales plans and making decisions based on objective data points? If your business leans more toward the first category, there should be an urgency to move to a more data driven strategy. The role of big data to direct strategic decision making has been likened to the early adopters of computing, with forward thinking organizations seeing the biggest returns and the laggards spending years trying to catch up. 

ghxCategory: Invoice and Payment Automation,Supply Chain Optimization
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Healthcare suppliers want to offer choices for payment processing and providers need options, but what is the real cost on both sides?

When it comes to payment options, the more choices the better right? Healthcare suppliers want to get paid fast, and healthcare providers want to take advantage of early pay discounts and rebates, and avoid late fees. So why not have a variety of payment methods in place: check, wire, credit card, Automated Clearing House (ACH), etc.?

But choice can add costs.

Matt Houston
Executive Director, Product Management, Hospital and Financial Services Products
ghxCategory: Compliance and Credentialing
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The second phase of OCR audits is not the permanent program but we have learned somethings so far 

Managing business associate (BA) relationships in this era of change takes an ongoing approach. In fact, building a culture of compliance is the only way to make iterative improvements. So, does your organization demonstrate a culture of compliance through daily actions? Do you know the areas where the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is putting the most emphasis? Does your organization understand the current definition of a business associate in the eyes of the OCR?