Materials managers say health reform a boon
Materials managers will play an increasingly important role in the delivery of healthcare under reform legislation, panelists said during the 2010 Association for Healthcare Resources and Materials Management conference
This year’s AHRMM conference was held Aug. 1-4 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. The number of attendees could not be obtained by deadline. Attendees largely focused on the expanded and more influential role materials managers can expect to play as their hospitals work to achieve the better patient outcomes and lower delivery costs mandated by healthcare reform legislation.
“Supply chain professionals have been trying to be relevant for years,” said Dennis Orthman, senior director for Strategic Marketplace Initiative—a supply chain consortium—during a dinner to discuss global product-tracking standards. “Now we’re in the middle of healthcare reform, and this is our chance to do something.”
Participants during other conference events echoed Orthman’s assessment, saying supplychain managers can expect to have broader input into drug formulary decisions, the adoption and implementation of universal product-tracking standards and the use of comparative effectiveness data in selecting products. Lowell Church, vice president of Materials Management for Adventist Health in Roseville, Calif., said during a panel on drug purchasing decisions that it will be increasingly important for supply chain executives to focus on finding the most cost-effective products. He added that those products won’t necessarily be the least expensive ones, but the ones that do the most efficient job treating patients.