Below are the Clinical Track sessions that were part of the 2022 Spring IDN Summit in Orlando.

Clinical Integration Track: Reducing Variation in Provider Preference Items

Moderator: Rebecca Holt, AVP, Clinical Supply Chain Solutions, Ardent Health Services

Panelists: Jimmy Chung, MD, FACS, CHCQM, Chief Medical Officer, Advantus Health Partners; and Debbie Schuhardt, Senior Principal, Vizient, Inc.

Some estimates indicate that physician preference items account for over 60% of healthcare supply chain spending. Based on this, moving the management of supply inventory away from physician preference and integrating these steps into the supply chain can likely provide a more efficient solution, allowing the supply chain team to see inventory gaps and process repetitions, while freeing up physician resources to focus on patient outcomes. In this session, we’ll examine physician preference item processes and discuss ways to refine processes, reduce variation and drive better outcomes and care quality.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review the costs and inherent challenges related to physician preference items.
  2. Illustrate the critical urgency for physician-supply chain alignment, transparency and collaboration.
  3. Explore tactics and processes that are the foundational elements of successful physician preference programs.

Clinical Integration Track: Supplier and Provider Scorecards: The Value of Internal Supply Chain and Supplier Scorecards

Moderator: Susan Toomey, Value Analysis Specialist, Immediate Past President, AHVAP

Presenter: Jessica Gehrke, Contract Portfolio Manager, Froedtert Health; and Chuck Jensen, MBA, Director, Sourcing & Contracting, Supply Chain, Froedtert Health

This session will provide an example from Froedtert Health demonstrating how they have created an internal balanced scorecard for Supply Chain. In addition, Froedtert Health will discuss their Strategic Partner Council and the collaboration between suppliers and Froedtert that resulted in a Supplier Scorecard.  The session will cover the structure, discipline and governance related to these scorecards.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Examine the structure of a Supply Chain Scorecard
  2. Review the value of collaboration in developing Supplier Scorecards
  3. Analyze key metrics in Supply Chain and Supplier Scorecards

Clinical Integration Track: Determining Value 

Moderator: Barbara Strain, MA, CVAHP, Principal, Barbara Strain Consulting LLC

Presenters: Kathy Chauvin, System Director Resource Utilization and Value Analysis, FMOL Health System; and Elizabeth Eisenberg, Director, Clinical Value Analysis, Scripps Health

What truly defines value in the healthcare setting? Value analysis is a hallmark of many healthcare supply chain organizations, but it can sometimes mean different things to different groups. At a minimum, it involves a more holistic view of the correlation between cost (all costs associated with delivering patient care and supporting the care environment), quality (patient-centered care aimed at achieving the best possible clinical outcomes), and outcomes (financial reimbursement driven by outstanding clinical care at the appropriate costs) as opposed to viewing each independently. In this session, we’ll look at supply chain processes and best practices that are at the root of a collaborative and successful value analysis program.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Examine the importance of building a clinically integrated team.
  2. Explain the benefits of engaging outside stakeholders including suppliers and GPO’s.
  3. Review the criticality of developing meaningful metrics.