AHRMM White Papers
White papers serve as resources for exploring and confronting the challenges and complexities faced in the supply chain field. AHRMM welcomes new additions to its library. In addition to white papers, AHRMM Fellow (FAHRMM) papers are included in the white paper repository. Note: viewing certain papers are a member-only benefit.
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October 19, 2016 | Content Areas: Finance | Tags: Analytics, Change Management, Cost Management, CQO, Inventory Management | Formats: White Paper
To develop larger savings opportunities, supply chain must expand the use of supply utilization analysis and alignment. This requires effectively and collaboratively using real-time, granular usage data, acquired through electronic technology such as barcode and Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID). Understanding and engaging Millennials’ unique attitudes and capabilities, especially their technology orientation, and successfully integrating these with Baby Boomer attributes, will enable supply chain to leverage the new workforce culture through the increased use of electronic technology to shift the cost savings paradigm to supply utilization alignment. Through this synergy, supply chain can drive significant savings to help their facilities weather the perfect storm of declining revenues and increasing costs.
August 15, 2016 | Content Areas: Value Analysis | Tags: Clinical Resource Management, Lean/Six Sigma | Formats: White Paper
This AHRMM Fellow paper describes the development of a multidisciplinary and innovative product conversion process at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) in Boston, Massachusetts, when the existing process for changing products was dysfunctional. Indeed, effective change management is critical to achieving successful outcomes. The paper will explore some of the reasons why change fails; including lack of healthy working relationships, failure to communicate effectively, lack of leadership, lack of commitment, and inadequate planning. By examining the background of DFCI, and its products and standards team in particular, this paper investigates the reasons why the current process of changing products was failing. The writer will take a particularly close look at the relationship between nursing and the supply chain. The included case studies review actual conversions—one before implementation of a new product conversion process and one after. The latter case study describes the tools and processes that helped make the product conversion successful, among them Lean tools to help map out original and current states and identify problem points. The resulting product conversion process is easy to follow and equally easy to implement. This paper is presented as a way of sharing a process and tool that are customizable for any organization.
July 18, 2016 | Content Areas: Logistics | Tags: Distribution, Inventory Management, MMIS | Formats: White Paper
This AHRMM Fellow paper explores nine different methods of replenishing a hospital storage area and compares and contrasts the steps nursing must progress through to retrieve the supplies they need for their patients. This paper will then compare and contrast the steps the Central Supply (CS) staff must follow to resupply/replenish each storage area. Additionally, this paper outlines the cost to equip a standard storage area with the requirements of each of the nine methods and will then point out some of the advantages and disadvantages of each of the nine methods and will then point out some of the advantages and disadvantages of each method.
July 07, 2016 | Content Areas: Strategic Planning | Tags: Cost Management, Pharmacy, Regulatory | Formats: White Paper
The purpose of this white paper is to prepare Supply Chain professionals to better understand how to support navigating some of the risks and opportunities inherent in participating in the 340B Drug Discount Program. Pharmacy and Finance need to be most familiar with the details of participation and compliancy, but Supply Chain professionals are also increasingly being expected to support an organization’s engagement in the program. This increased expectation is arising not only from growing responsibility for Pharmacy’s Supply Chain, but also due to products that Supply Chain may be ordering or managing that need to be accounted for under the program in order to remain compliant.
March 28, 2016 | Content Areas: Performance Metrics | Tags: Analytics, Benchmarking, Clinical Resource Management, CQO, Lean/Six Sigma | Formats: White Paper
As the healthcare landscape continues to shift, supply chain is increasingly becoming a focus for providers seeking financial sustainability. For supply chain to become a catalyst for organization – wide improvement, a systems perspective is needed. The Baldrige Excellence Framework is an evaluative tool to drive systems thinking across the organization. While the Framework is typically utilized to assess the performance of an entire organization, such as a healthcare provider, this paper explores the application of the Baldrige Excellence Framework to the healthcare supply chain as a unique entity. A brief overview and history of the Baldrige program will be provided, and then the paper will center on a discussion of how each of the seven criteria categories can be applied to the healthcare supply chain, and how the application of the criteria may yield supply chain results.
October 01, 2014 | Content Areas: Procurement | Tags: Contracting, Purchased Services, Strategic Sourcing, Suppliers | Formats: White Paper
As the pressures of reform continue to squeeze healthcare organizations, many are rushing into outsource relationships without fully understanding the benefits and risks associated with this type of business model. This AHRMM Fellow paper presents a case study illustration of one organization's journey through an outsource implementation. Through a consolidation of lessons learned, standard protocols for ongoing vendor relationship and performance management are established.
March 08, 2013 | Content Areas: Procurement | Tags: Change Management, Contracting, Lean/Six Sigma | Formats: White Paper
The AHRMM Fellow paper describes the steps taken to change the hierarchical management style to a team-based work culture, the actions taken to implement lean tools, and the wins achieved by the team.