Implementing successful clinical integration involves the facilitation and coordination of patient care across a variety of settings and situations.  The goal is to achieve care that is safe, timely, effective, efficient, patient-focused and affordable.  This track provided insights into improving clinical integration strategies and aligning incentives with behaviors for success.  Discussions covered a variety of timely clinical integration topics, including product standardization, clinical informatics, collaboration and physician involvement in supply chain.
1:00 pm – 2:15 pm         Implementing Meaningful Methods of Clinical Integration
                                             National Ballroom D
                                             Moderator: Henry Tomasuolo, Vice President for Support Services, Boston Children's Hospital 
                                             Presenter:   Rob Kurtz, Sourcing Manager, Supply Chain Operations, Intermountain Healthcare and Dawn Watkins, Strategic Sourcing
                                                                     Manager, UF Health Shands  
Clinical Integration has moved to the forefront in healthcare reform discussions.  There is a growing need for system-wide change in order to meet the criteria for improved patient care and achieve economic rewards for efficiency.   There are different models of Clinical Integration and each presents its own set of challenges.  Some systems target particular areas, while others take a whole-system approach.   Whatever the method, Clinical Integration is routinely considered to be a vital component in a healthcare system’s ability to survive and thrive in the new era of healthcare reform.
Part 1 of this session will discuss the benefits of aligning product standardization to supplies that can produce the best clinical outcomes for patients in addition to reducing inventory within a facility.  Product standardization can also be an effective way to reduce supply costs before product even arrives at the hospital or facility.  Emphasis will be given to techniques of reducing the number of vendor sources, selecting best-in-class products, reducing waste, and increasing buying power.  Learn how to use product standardization to reach the goals of excellent and consistent care, patient safety, increased efficiency, while lowering costs at the same time.
A significant portion of a hospital’s operating expenses are spent on supplies, and managing clinical informatics in supply chain is a critical component in controlling the Patient Bill of Materials.  Part 2 of this session will give you the tools you need to utilize informatics to better manage supply selection and processes, reduce waste, and cut costs.  Streamlining critical supply chain functions results in reduced inventory variance and saves money.  This session will also address how to identify and eliminate discrepancies between informatics and the Patient Bill of Materials.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Formulate new product standardization processes.
  2. Describe how to use product standardization to improve care and reduce costs.
  3. Demonstrate opportunities for better control of the Patient Bill of Materials.
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2:30 pm – 3:45 pm         Collaborative Partnerships That Make the Difference
                                             National Ballroom D
                                             Moderator: Mike Neely, Director, Supply Chain, Southcoast Health System 
                                             Presentors: Amy Cooper, Corporate Director, Clinical Value Analysis, Supplies and Services, Bon Secours Health System and
                                                                    Sharat Kusuma, MD, FAAOS, Engagement Manager, McKinsey & Company. 
Collaboration is a key component to navigating the complex paths that make up the road map of healthcare today.  Leading your organization with transformative ideas and processes is easier when successful collaborations are implemented.  Such collaborations lead to better outcomes, produce mutual benefits, and often result in significant savings for both parties.  This session will present two examples of innovative collaborations in the healthcare supply chain.
Part 1 of this session will focus on the potential for collaborative partnerships between Materials Management and Nursing to positively impact quality, patient safety and reimbursement.  Discussion will center on methods that nurses and materials mangers can use to allocate roles, responsibilities and resources in order to form a mutually beneficial collaboration.  Learn how to approach the developmental challenges of collaboration and best practices for finding, nurturing and sustaining collaborative partnerships.
Then hear about innovative methods that allow health systems to create significant value and cost savings in their procurement of clinical items and expensive "physician preference items".  Learn how to better harness the clinical knowledge of and align the incentives of physicians when considering product choice, contracting, and vendor negotiation strategies.  The presenter will share best practices for utilizing the expertise and knowledge of physicians when comparing such clinical items and opportunities to create sufficient alignment or incentives for physicians.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Analyze and discuss the benefits of collaborative partnerships.
  2. List the various methods for building and maintaining collaborations.
  3.  Discuss potential solutions and root causes of problems commonly faced when purchasing PPIs.
View the PowerPoint presentation here.
Listen to the audio recording of this session here.
4:00 pm – 5:15 pm        Panel:  Physician Involvement in Supply Chain
                                             National Ballroom D
                                             Moderator: Mike Langlois, Healthcare Supply Chain Resource, Langlois and Associates, LLC
                                             Panelists: Malcolm Henoch, MD, SVP and Associate Chief Medical Officer, Neeta Moonka, MD, Physician Advisor, Supply Chain, Virginia                                                                            Mason Medical Center; and Tim Schloss, MD, Section Chief: Interventional Cardiovascular Medicine, Mercy Clinic Heart &                                                                                    Vascular.
The ACA is changing the paradigm with regard to physician involvement in the supply chain.  Collaborating with physicians is a dynamic that is unique to the healthcare supply chain.  As IDNs become more complex, finding techniques for improved collaboration between physicians and supply chain is a vital component in reaching the goals of improved patient outcomes and affordable care.
This panel of three physicians will address the unique role of physicians in the healthcare supply chain today.  They will share best practices learned from their experiences in supply chain involvement.  Having physicians involved in the process makes it more efficient and effective for all involved, especially when trying to standardize physician preference items.  Hear how implementing a physician-engaged sourcing model results in clinically aligned sourcing and utilization and reduces clinical variation.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify techniques for better physician-supplier collaboration.
  2. Evaluate the unique role of physicians in the healthcare supply chain.
  3. Analyze how to best implement and leverage physician engagement in supply chain.
(Panelist Conflict of Interest Disclosures:  Dr. Henoch, none; Dr. Moonka, none; Dr. Schloss, none.)
Listen to the audio recording of this session here.