Explore information on cost containment, eliminating waste and inefficiency, promoting green initiatives, protecting data, and managing supplies, equipment and facilities.

A Champion of Clinical & Operational Integration: Q&A with Dr. John Young

John Young, M.D., MBA, a board-certified physician in internal medicine, critical care, cardiology and interventional cardiology, started as HealthTrust’s new chief medical officer (CMO) in February. Young previously served as national medical director for LifePoint Health, where he led strategic initiatives related to quality, patient safety, service line development, performance improvement and clinical operations across […]

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Maximizing Savings Through OptiFreight

Shipping costs need to be actively managed or they can get out of control and encompass more of your budget than you had anticipated. Using data analysis, OptiFreight Logistics helps HealthTrust members better manage inbound shipping from suppliers and outbound shipping from healthcare facilities to lower freight costs. John Waller, national system director of supply […]

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Under the Microscope

Antimicrobial Stewardship Goes Mainstream In July 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety alert on the serious side effects associated with quinolones, a class of antibiotics that includes ciprofloxacin and levofloxacin. These drugs are convenient in many ways, notably because they treat a broad range of infections and are effective both intravenously […]

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Sharps Safety

Getting stuck with a needle never feels good. But an accidental prick with a used needle or a cut from a scalpel can be especially harmful, even deadly. The Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act of 2000 made needle safety a priority in hospitals, but clinicians still need to be alert to the dangers and institute […]

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Member Success Story

The Value of a Seamless Integration How RWJBarnabas Health transformed its supply chain operations before, during and after a merger On April 1, 2016, Barnabas Health merged with Robert Wood Johnson Health System to create RWJBarnabas Health, New Jersey’s most comprehensive healthcare system with 11 acute care hospitals, one behavioral health hospital, and a medical staff […]

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Spotlight On: Performance Capability Scorecard

As a leading healthcare performance improvement company, HealthTrust is constantly looking for ways to help members raise their results in areas beyond purchasing. To that end, HealthTrust’s inSight Advisory Services recently launched a set of Performance Capability Scorecards to help members enhance their performance in supply chain management, clinical performance, and labor management and productivity. […]

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HealthTrust Presents 2017 Member Recognition Awards

LAS VEGAS, Nevada—July 18, 2017—HealthTrust has recognized 21 individuals with its highest honor during the 2017 HealthTrust University Conference in Las Vegas. The healthcare performance improvement company established its annual Member Recognition Award program to acknowledge outstanding contributions of member organizations for demonstrating best practices and achieving operational excellence benefitting providers and their patients. Awards […]

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Value Analysis

The industry’s ongoing transition from fee-for-service to value-based healthcare requires that hospitals be more clinically focused and fiscally responsible than ever before. This, too, has created a shift from supply chain- to evidence-based purchasing. But how do organizations go about maturing their value analysis program to achieve increasingly greater process rigor, transparency and physician engagement? […]

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Management Matters: Physician Q&A: Felix Lee, M.D.

Felix Lee, M.D., discusses the importance of physician engagement in establishing best practices, the role of physician advisors in HealthTrust’s clinical contracting strategy, and his goals for educating and enlisting physician champions on a local level. What are some of the reasons you chose to specialize in interventional cardiology? I originally majored in the neurosciences […]

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The Source Q2 Issue Highlights Nontraditional Care Models, Patient Satisfaction

The Q2 issue discusses nontraditional models of healthcare delivery, examines ways to promote a culture of patient safety at your facility, explores strategies for upping patient satisfaction scores, reviews the latest on Meaningful Use regulations and investigates the ever-evolving world of robotics.

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Patient Safety and Pathogen Control

Some background on Ebola for the supply chain to consider, along with recommendations for tightening up infection control practices.

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Emerging Technologies in Infection Prevention

Recognizing the limitations of standard decontamination practices, infection preventionists are turning their attention to emerging technologies that work to reduce environmental contamination to prevent the spread of germs. Here are three of the most promising ones

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Emerging Pathogen Management

A collaboration between HCA and HealthTrust ensured that both stayed ahead of the evolving Ebola crisis, providing accurate, up-to-the-minute information and securing the equipment to keep HCA staff and patients safe.

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The Service You Shouldn’t Have to Think About

Properly functioning elevators are a must in any healthcare setting. But without regular maintenance, elevators can stop being the reliable machines depended upon to move people efficiently around a hospital and become a dangerous problem.

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Sustainability Pioneers

In recent years, as resources have become tighter, energy costs have risen and healthcare costs have skyrocketed, a commitment to sustainable operations has become essential.

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Find Foundational Success With FIS

For construction or renovation projects, FIS works with members to standardize construction documents, increasing transparency on indirect purchases that otherwise would be made by subcontractors with little or no oversight.

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Battling the Bugs

While the issue of hospital-acquired infections remains a stubborn and serious problem, many healthcare facilities are making strides to reduce infections—and supply chain professionals can play an important role in continuing that trend.

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