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By Cindy Juhas on Nov 2, 2017 2:00:00 PM

The Strategic Marketplace Initiative (SMI®) is a non-profit, member-driven community of healthcare supply chain thought leaders. The group gathered recently to discuss problems in the supply chain and find real solutions. They have two forums a year, and I just attended the Fall Forum in Dallas. Other than the fact that this whole group amazes me with their esprit de corps, I had three takeaways from this meeting.

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Top Trends in Healthcare: Supply Chain in the C-Suite

By CME Corp Staff on Jun 28, 2017 11:00:00 AM

As debate over how to view, and fund, healthcare through governmental reform progresses, it creates more budgetary pressures on healthcare facilities trying to manage an erratic stream of payments from disparate sources. However, things evolve, payment pressures will not abate, which is why having the supply chain involved at the decision-making level makes fiscal sense.

The supply chain represents 40 to 45 percent of hospital or healthcare system operating expense, second only to labor costs. This mix is expected to keep shifting, with the supply chain potentially overtaking labor costs within the next 5 years. Creating successful supply chain strategies requires a top-down approach with knowledgeable stakeholders involved at the highest levels.

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Efficient Supply Chain Management In 5 Steps

By CME Corp Staff on Jun 7, 2017 2:31:00 PM

One of the primary goals in all healthcare systems is to come up with new ways to make healthcare more cost effective. To do this, most organizations have turned to supply chain management—a function that comprises almost half of the operating expenses of healthcare facilities and hospitals.

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Top Five Pain Points When Renovating a Health Care Facility

By Cindy Juhas on Feb 3, 2017 3:39:29 PM

Since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act, more health care facilities have embraced value-based health care. The focus on cutting costs, increasing patient satisfaction, improving medical outcomes and reducing re-admittance rates has revolutionized the industry, and has facilities focused on quality care and the patient. Many hospitals, clinics, and outpatient facilities are taking on renovation projects, repurposing existing spaces and replacing outdated equipment to accommodate this new value-based health care model.

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How to Solve the Top 5 Pain Points of Off-Site Equipment Purchase

By CME Corp Staff on Sep 8, 2016 4:00:00 PM

Purchasing medical equipment for your newly constructed, expanded or remodeled off-site medical facility is not an easy task.  Off-site is different from reordering standard medical supplies, and requires additional research, order processing, tracking of shipments, receipt of products, end-use site delivery, and staging.

Being a complex task, it has several pain points that may include ordering errors, delivery challenges, damaged equipment, receiving, and opening delays.  At CME, we help customers to avoid these pain points when making purchases.

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5 Reasons You Need to Use an Equipment-Focused Distributor for your Medical Office Project

By CME Corp Staff on Aug 3, 2016 2:30:00 PM

Procuring all the different equipment items required to outfit a new construction, expansion, or remodeling project can be a daunting and stressful task.  That is why using an experienced equipment-focused distributor is essential for opening your new medical office on-time and in a cost-efficient manner.

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Five Mistakes to Avoid in Healthcare Facility Planning

By Cindy Juhas on Feb 12, 2016 3:11:26 PM

The last several decades have seen the rise of an immersive experience in the design of publicly accessed facilities such as theme parks, retail spaces, and healthcare facilities. Yes, you read that right! Designing and planning a healthcare facility isn't all that different from planning a theme park.  

There are lessons to be learned from examining how other publicly accessed facilities successfully incorporate cutting edge technology, integrate information delivery, address traffic flow, and create a variety of dedicated spaces.

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The Added Value of Supply Chain Management

By CME Corp Staff on Jan 16, 2016 6:00:00 PM

With most healthcare organizations spending as much as 38% of their budget on supply chain activities, effective supply chain management is an absolute must in the healthcare industry.  Supply chain activities are the second largest and fastest growing expense for medical facilities, second only to labor costs.  Effective supply chain management is thus an extremely important added value to any healthcare organization's overall operations.

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Best Practices for Supply Chain Management

By CME Corp Staff on Dec 28, 2015 1:30:00 PM

"Industry best."

"Best practices.”

“Best in class.”

Here’s another often-cited quote:  “You can’t argue with success.”  If you want to be a high achiever and successful within your own organization, Bob Engel, C.P.M., says to look to the processes and practices used by the most successful industry leaders.  He says, “In today's economic environment, doing what you've always done—even if you do it very well—is no longer acceptable.  Under pressure to contain costs and produce results despite challenging circumstances, you (and many other supply chain managers) must transform rather than simply improve your operation.”

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