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How Hospitals Can Reduce Costs in 2016

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Hospitals & Health Networks’ Ken Kaufman has released five recommendations for 2016 that hospital leaders should focus on in order to “transform their organizations for a value-based, consumer-centric, Internet-oriented environment.”

Below are H&HN’s recommendations for implementing cost reduction:

Hospitals will need to achieve a deeper and more rigorous level of cost reduction. Our nation continues to struggle under the heavy burden of a financially unsustainable health care system. As the most expensive component of the health care system, hospitals will feel escalating pressure from government, commercial payers, employers and consumers to deliver care at a lower price. In this environment, cost reduction must become part of each hospital’s DNA…

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MedTech Summit Details Announced for Summer 2016 Industry Conference in Brussels, Belgium

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June 13-17, 2016

Sheraton Brussels Hotel 

Brussels, Belgium

 

Informa has announced the dates and agenda for the 2016 MedTech Summit, to be held this summer in Brussels, Belgium. Over 300 industry professionals are expected to attend.  AMDR President Dan Vukelich will be among the featured speakers at the conference series.

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How Washington State’s Grays Harbor Community Hospital Has Minimized its Carbon Footprint

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Washington State’s Grays Harbor Community Hospital is yet another example of an organization committed to reducing its carbon footprint by utilizing new technologies in order to make large-scale recycling more accessible.

“Working together with Stryker Sustainability Solutions, the ‘leading provider of reprocessing and remanufacturing services for medical devices,’ [Coordinator] Gamboa says the hospital has been able to repurpose more items than ever before. ‘In the past five years, we’ve been able to send more and more items through this process,’ she says. This includes everything from medical drill bits and staplers to laparoscopic sheets and more.”

“’From October 2014 to October 2015, we sent 3,381 pound [of medical devices] to Stryker for reprocessing and remanufacturing,’ Gamboa explains. ‘With an average national cost of waste pickup of $0.30/pound, we saved $1,014.30, but most importantly, we helped divert a huge portion of waste from the landfill,’ she adds.”

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University of Maryland Med Center Saves $1.2 Million through Reprocessing and Adoption of Energy Efficient Practices

 

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University of Maryland Med Center Boosts Efficiency, Reduces Device Expenses

 

by Julius A. Karash

Adopting approaches that are supported by the health care member association Practice Greenhealth, the medical center realized savings of $1.2 million through single-use device reprocessing and OR kit reformulation in 2014, says Justin Graves, R.N., the medical center’s sustainability manager.

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Upcoming Sharing Call: Healthier Hospitals Engaged Leadership Challenge

 

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Most sustainability programs involve a variety of individuals—passionate people that have figured out creative ways to go green, often as volunteers and off their regular work hours. To bring your programs to the next level, you need engaged leaders. The Healthier Hospitals program has refreshed the Engaged Leadership Challenge, starting with a step-by-step approach to help make the case to leadership for their support, and then and using Healthier Hospitals goals to create a foundation for a long-term commitment.

Join Practice Greenhealth’s Janet Howard for a review of the new Challenge goals, its associated tools and step-by-step guidance on how to use the Engaged Leadership Challenge to do just that—engage leadership.

Live Sharing Call on Wed. January 13, 2016 at 1:00 PM (EST)
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Why Do Doctors Choose A $2,000 Cure When A $50 One Is Just As Good?

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By Andrew Lam, M.D., is a retinal surgeon, Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine

I’m a doctor with a miracle drug. Three of them, in fact. Their names are Avastin, Lucentis and Eylea. I use them to treat the number one cause of blindness in Americans over sixty-five: wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Calling them a miracle is no understatement. If your doctor delivers the unlucky news that you’ve developed wet AMD, it means blood vessels under your macula have started to leak or bleed, robbing you of the sight you rely on to read books, see faces, watch TV or drive.

Enter the miracle drugs—eye injections that limit those leaking submacular vessels, giving us our first treatment capable of bringing vision back. But somehow, these drugs have become among the most controversial in all of medicine.

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Going Green Can Save You Green

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By Julie Moyle, MSN

Going green is the right thing to do for the environment, but taking steps to reduce your facility’s carbon footprint can also result in significant returns on eco-friendly investments. Here are 10 ways you can save big by reprocessing, reorganizing, reducing and recycling.

1. Reprocess SUDs
When you outsource the sterile processing of single-use devices (SUD) to government-regulated third-party vendors, you buy back the devices at typically half the original cost. In 2014, hospitals with single-use-device reprocessing programs saved an average of $130,286, with additional savings in lower waste disposal fees, according to Practice Greenhealth’s 2015 Sustainability Benchmark Report (osmag.net/CmGy6Z). The University of Washington Hospitals in Seattle diverted 5.8 tons of waste and saved $496,123 in 2008 by reprocessing more than 100 different SUDs.

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Medical Center Saves Costs and Resources in the OR

 

 

 

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By  Julius A. Karash

The University of Maryland Medical Center is cutting costs in a sizable way through the adoption of data-driven sustainability and energy-efficiency practices regarding its management of operating rooms and the use of medical devices.

Adopting approaches that are supported by the health care member association Practice Greenhealth, the medical center realized savings of $1.2 million through single-use device reprocessing and OR kit reformulation in 2014, says Justin Graves, R.N., the medical center’s sustainability manager. Additional savings were derived from more efficient energy usage, reduced medical waste and increased recycling.

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Reprocessing Industry Overwhelmingly Supported by U.S. News & World Report’s 2015-2016 “Honor Roll” Hospitals

Washington D.C., – Each year, U.S. News & World Report releases their annual list of the Best Hospitals across the country, including the highly coveted “Honor Roll” list that distinguishes the hospitals best ranked out of nearly 5,000 hospitals evaluated. This year, only 137 hospitals were ranked nationally in one or more specialties to be determined as a “Best Hospital,” and of these, 15 hospitals made the cut to be among those in the “Honor Roll.”

This year, the Association of Medical Device Reprocessors (AMDR) is proud to announce that its members currently serve 13 out of 15 hospitals in the U.S. News & World Report’s “Honor Roll” List. Further, AMDR members serve 38 of the “greenest” hospitals as listed by Becker’s Hospital Review. These is in addition to the over 1,000 European hospitals and 95 percent of German university medical centers served by AMDR members.

Single-Use Device Reprocessing Kept 873 Tons From Landfills

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Practice Greenhealth report said that diverting 92,205 tons of waste from landfills through recycling saved nearly $4 million in one year, according to an article on the Infection Control Today website.

Single-use device reprocessing alone kept 873 tons from becoming medical waste.

The report summarizes the sustainability achievements of 220 hospitals and is based on the data covering performance in 2014.

Practice Greenhealth also includes how hospitals are developing effective purchasing strategies for environmentally preferred products to affect change.

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