• How Bon Secours Mercy Health saved $2.1M in 1 week

    Bon Secours Mercy Health, a recently merged 48-hospital system based in Cincinnati, was able to drive $2.1 million in savings in its supply chain in one week, the health system announced in July. 
  • Room for improvement: 3 key findings from our latest supply chain survey

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    The vast majority of hospital clinicians and department managers understand that supply chain management is critical to controlling costs. But they also think they spend too much time on supply chain tasks—and many say the work takes away from patient care.
  • 5 top supply chain stories in July

    Below are five of the top supply chain stories published by Becker's Hospital Review in July, beginning with the most popular:
  • Texas blood-testing company files for bankruptcy, plans to cut 392 jobs

    True Health Diagnostics, a blood-testing company based in Texas, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection July 30 and plans to lay off 392 employees, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. 
  • Red Cross' critical blood shortage drags on

    Despite issuing an emergency call for blood donors in early July, the American Red Cross is still facing a critical nationwide shortage, with fewer than three days' worth of most blood types, according to Indiana news radio station WBIW.
  • 10 hospitals seeking supply chain talent

    Ten hospitals and health systems have posted job listings seeking supply chain expertise in the last week:
  • Amazon's one-day shipping program cuts into Q2 profits

    Amazon released its second-quarter earnings July 25, showing that the e-commerce giant missed its profit target due to higher than expected costs for the company's one-day shipping program.
  • Allergan pulls textured breast implants from market

    Allergan is recalling its Biocell textured breast implants and expanders in all markets after an FDA request to pull them from the market over safety concerns. 
  • Sanford Health to stop using devices made by its staff surgeon under federal probe

    Sioux Falls, S.D.-based Sanford Health will suspend the use of some medical devices sold by Medical Designs, a devicemaker owned by one of the health system's neurosurgeons who is at the center of a federal investigation, according to the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. 
  • Blockchain remains priority for supply chain managers

    Blockchain is among the key issues for supply chain managers, according to software company SAP and cited by Supply Chain Management Review.
  • Arkansas medical supply warehouse cited for filth is ordered to stop distributing

    An Arkansas food and medical product warehouse cited for unsanitary conditions last year has been ordered by a federal court to stop distributing food, drugs and medical devices until it complies with a consent decree to clean up, according to an FDA news release. 
  • 10 hospitals seeking supply chain talent

    Ten hospitals and health systems have posted job listings seeking supply chain expertise in the last week:
  • How a Connecticut hospital upended its traditional pharmacy staffing model

    As the shift to value-based care continues, health systems are launching quality, cost-saving and patient satisfaction initiatives to minimize the effects of reimbursement changes. Many of these programs fall on the shoulders of already-strained pharmacy staff, according to Kelly Morrison, director of remote and retail pharmacy services for Cardinal Health.
  • Supply chain tip of the day: How to build a strong business case for pharmacy staffing model changes

    "Although health systems have always focused on key areas — quality, cost savings, patient satisfaction — with the shift to value-based care, additional initiatives are now critical in order to minimize the impact of reimbursement changes," said Kelly Morrison, director of remote and retail pharmacy services for Cardinal Health.
  • Smartphone app alerts providers, patients of FDA device recalls

    A new smartphone app that alerts patients and providers of FDA medical devices recalls was launched this week.
  • 10 hospitals seeking supply chain talent

    Ten hospitals and health systems posted job listings seeking supply chain expertise in the last two weeks:
  • Louisiana hospitals stockpile supplies ahead of tropical storm

    Louisiana hospitals are preparing for Tropical Storm Barry's landfall by stocking supplies and generator fuel, according to The Daily Advertiser. 
  • 3 lessons gained from 10 years of service, innovation and collaboration

    Earlier this year I had the privilege of traveling to San Francisco as a member of Ascension Leadership Academy, a program where senior leaders develop competencies that strengthen strategic capabilities, test new concepts, and launch innovative initiatives. During this trip, my colleagues and I traveled to incubators and participated in immersion experiences where technology startups connected with the world's largest organizations for mutual learning and worked together to create common sense, innovative solutions.
  • Red Cross makes emergency appeal for blood donors

    After a busy Independence Day week, the American Red Cross issued an emergency call for blood donors. 
  • Amazon's healthcare supply chain push is losing steam, survey suggests

    Amazon's entry into the healthcare supply chain — namely its push to distribute medical supplies and equipment  — has lost momentum, according to Bloomberg, which cited a survey conducted by investment banking company UBS Group.
  • Medline co-founder James Mills dead at 82

    James Stephen Mills, the co-founder and former CEO of Medline Industries, died July 1 at age 82. 

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