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The Healthcare Hub
The Healthcare Hub blog focuses on how greater collaboration and visibility across the supply chain can improve both clinical and financial performance in healthcare. Working with hospitals, manufacturers, distributors and group purchasing organizations (GPOs) in North America and Europe, GHX provides a global perspective on issues such as healthcare reform, standards adoption, automation, e-commerce and demand planning, among others.
ghxCategory: Supply Chain Optimization
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The term “population health” is one of those words we hear a lot in healthcare, but there is rarely a common understanding of what it means. While I am certainly not the definitive expert, most would agree it has to do with improving the health of a target population, which can be as broad as all members of an Accountable Care Organization (ACO), but it more accurately refers to patients with similar comorbidities and other factors impacting their health and well being, such as the social determinants of health. Those are factors such as:  where someone lives, level of education, income, and race/ethnicity. These factors have been found to have more of an impact on whether someone is in good health or not and their expected lifespan than the clinical care they receive. 

Karen Conway
Executive Director, Industry Relations
ghxCategory: Contracting
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The healthcare industry is notable for complex contracting process, but recent trends in payment models and the continued volume of mergers and acquisitions are bringing new challenges. Overall, these developments emphasize the need for a holistic view of healthcare and for identifying a total cost of care, which is critical for success with a bundled-payment model. These external forces are driving changes internally for supply chain earlier in the process in managing contracts.

ghxCategory: Supply Chain Optimization
Tuesday, September 05, 2017

I’m often approached by CIOs who ask me about GHX transitioning 100 percent to the cloud. Most of us recognize and believe that the cloud is the future of computing, yet overseeing such a huge migration creates enormous personal and professional pressure. 

Steve Cochran
Chief Technology Officer
ghxCategory: Invoice and Payment Automation
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Is a “how we’ve always done it” mindset interfering with your progress toward better invoice process efficiency?

The number of challenges coming against invoice and payment processes are many but sometimes the pain is self-inflicted – like if you are holding onto old ways of doing things just because they have been in place for a long time.

ghxCategory: Compliance and Credentialing
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Is it possible to stay focused on a common goal and be successful even when both parties aren’t quite seeing eye-to-eye on how to achieve the end goal?

To say there is a little tension between healthcare suppliers and providers on the matter of credentialing, may be a bit of an understatement. The current environment of compliance requirements has led to frustration on both sides, even though, all would agree that better patient safety is worth pursuing. The reality is we can’t ignore the requirements on either side, so perhaps an intermediary, a bridge, an outside resource is needed to help facilitate the activities needed by both sides to achieve the common goal.

ghxCategory: Item Master and Data Management
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

A group of providers joined GHX at the recent AHRMM conference for discussion about the challenges facing supply chain to deliver quality data to clinical teams and how to interface this data for charge reconciliation and billing. A growing item master, subsequent data management and maintenance, and clinician frustration were among the primary concerns discussed.

There are foundational challenges that supply chain is currently facing, specifically in the connection of item master data to the EHR. What has been considered best practice for item master/data management is now being questioned with the increased use of EHR technology. Current thinking is that in attempt to both increase accuracy in patient records and reduce missed charges, more is better. As a result, the item master is growing and imposing a significant impact on workflow, maintenance, etc.

Bill Brewer
Manager, Product Manager