In what could be the start of a trend of providers flocking to smaller group purchasing organizations, ROi has inked a deal with a network of 20 acute-care hospitals across Arkansas, Missouri and Texas that previously worked with mega-GPO Vizient.
Industry experts say the Obama administration's decision to lift a ban on importing Cuban pharmaceuticals and collaborating with the nation's researchers could bring the nation's cheaper, reputable medicines to the U.S. The move could give American researchers the chance to study Cuba's care...
Aramark Healthcare Services says it's laying off 243 workers at Lafayette (La.) General Medical Center after the hospital did not renew a housekeeping contract. Affected employees will be able to apply for jobs within the hospital.
In a letter, HHS Inspector General Daniel Levinson said the CMS should collaborate with Accredited Standards Committee X12 to include UDIs for implantable medical devices on insurance claims forms to help identify and reduce Medicare costs related to recalled or defective devices.
As merged providers integrate employees, facilities and technology, experts say many are neglecting the need to align crucial back-end software that manages finances, supply chain and human resources, among other functions.
Hospitals are increasingly investing in modernizing their food-service systems. Shore Medical Center says the technology is a factor in a 10% improvement in its Press Ganey patient-satisfaction scores and credits the system with saving about $25,000 yearly because of less food waste.
Mylan CEO Heather Bresch's recent announcement that Mylan is looking to extend the shelf life of the EpiPen could be a relief for patients, but a costly move for Mylan since it may take significant research and development to change epinephrine, the drug inside the EpiPen.
In the three years since the FDA published final regulations on a unique device identifier system, most manufacturers and distributors have successfully started phasing in UDIs for their products. But few healthcare providers are able to take full advantage of the data.
Patient satisfaction isn't just about the way patients are treated by physicians and staff. The equipment and products used in healthcare facilities can have a significant impact on patient opinion, according to an industry report.
Pharmacists are concerned that several forms of penicillin are in shortage, including one used as the primary treatment for syphilis.
Operating rooms produce on average more than 2,000 tons of waste per day, and a significant portion of that waste is from disposable medical supplies. A recent study found that on average $968 worth of disposable medical supplies in the operating room are wasted per procedure.
Practice Greenhealth has made yet another move into supply chain with the expected launch of a tool that helps hospitals forecast the total cost of using and maintaining a product, beyond just the purchase price.