Views of Health care Supply Chain’s Response to COVID-19

A Three-Part Series: Part 2

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Posted by Jeff PetryPaul Kreder, Paul Atkins, Harika Nandikanti, Dane Jeong, on May 15, 2020.

Views of Health care Supply Chain’s Response to COVID-19

A Three-Part Series

Part 2: What went right?
COVID-19 has disrupted and challenged health care supply chain in unprecedented ways. In our first blog of this series, we explored the multiple factors that contributed to health care supply chain’s general inability to adapt and respond effectively to this crisis. Despite the complexity of this challenge, there are some areas in which the collective response excelled. This blog will focus on three areas in which much of health care supply chain thrived: (1) rapidly responding to these challenges with innovative technology, (2) new devices and techniques to expand the utilization / increase the conservation of existing products, and (3) increased collaboration in the private and public sectors.

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Views of Health care Supply Chain’s Response to COVID-19

A Three-Part Series

Serious businesswoman working late at computer in office

Posted by Jeff PetryPaul Kreder, Paul Atkins, Harika Nandikanti, Dane Jeong, on May 13, 2020.

Views of Health care Supply Chain’s Response to COVID-19

A Three-Part Series

Part 1: A fragmented supply chain – what happened?
One of the biggest challenges health care systems are facing as a result of the COVID-19 crisis is a shortage of PPE and other necessary supplies, drugs, and equipment. As the pandemic continues to spread, and certain inefficiencies of the PPE and critical medical supplies markets continue to persist; it is important to take a step back and observe how the present situation has come about. Supply chain is the sequence of processes involved in the production and distribution of a finished good and any break or bend in the chain can fragment it. Health care supply chain is often reactive to market shocks and cannot easily adapt to change. This factor, combined with surges in demand for essential items and medical supplies, along with numerous factors outside of supply chain, can help explain key issues with the immediate response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Do you have—or are you considering—a private health care exchange strategy?

A thorough strategy should consider populations and HR service delivery implications


Posted by Jill Korsh, and Frank Giordano on January 14, 2016.

Many organizations are considering or have adopted a private insurance exchange (PIX) strategy. According to a 2015 Deloitte Center for Health Solutions survey, employers that have adopted private insurance exchanges (online marketplaces where participants can select health insurance) are positive about their choice. The majority of these adopters believe it simplifies their role, makes it easier to offer a defined contribution approach, and improves access to broader physician/hospital networks.
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Do You Still Need to Offer Health Benefits?

Do You Still Need to Offer Health Benefits? Posted by Rick Wald on July 10, 2012

If your organization is like most, you offer health benefits to your employees—it has simply been what employers do and what employees expect. But with the advent of health care reform, “what you’ve always done” in terms of health benefits may not be necessary or even preferable. Let’s look at what’s changed.

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