Eighty-eight percent of materials managers believe their supply-chain management skills will become even more important to providers' bottom lines with the implementation of healthcare reform measures, according to a new survey conducted by IDN Summit and Expo—organizers of a twice yearly supply-chain summit. But that same group also is concerned about meeting the added demands to cut supply costs that are likely to come along with their elevated importance.
The survey found that 49% of the 200 respondents felt healthcare reform would have a negative effect on the supply chain. Eighteen percent, however, felt that reform would have an overall positive effect on the supply chain. Materials managers were largely concerned with how payment-reform measures such as value-based purchasing and preventable-readmission penalties would affect the supply chain. About 93% of respondents said they were “extremely concerned” that reduced reimbursement from such measures would place added pressure on supply departments to find additional savings.
Respondents were also concerned that a forthcoming 2.3% medical device-maker tax would increase the costs of some supplies as they anticipate manufacturers looking to pass along that expense.
IDN Summit and Expo conducted the survey via e-mail, according to a spokeswoman. Eleven questions were sent out to 919 senior supply-chain executives at large hospital systems across the country. Survey participants responded to the questions between June 10 and July 9. (For more on reform's impact regarding group purchasing, please see this week's Special Feature, Future is present.)