Made ‘rel­e­vant’

Ma­te­ri­als man­agers say health re­form a boon

Modern Healthcare - - The Week In Healthcare - Shawn Rhea

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.

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