Saturday, September 27, 2008

$3.9 Billion overspend in US Healthcare

A study released today by American Hospital Directory suggests that as much as half of the $7.8 billion spent by American hospitals on contract labor could be saved through better management.

American Hospital Directory published its first contract labor study in August 2004 using data through 2002. The study released today is the second in this series of reports, and incorporates data through 2003 and preliminary data for 2004.
The full report, Trends in the Use of Contract Labor among Hospitals, may be downloaded (free) from

Saturday, September 13, 2008

U.S. Healthcare Industry Aligns to Improve Patient Safety and Supply Chain Efficiency

In case you happen to miss the announcemnet in Forbes...GS1 Healthcare US welcomes the recent announcement of the Coalition for Healthcare eStandards (CHeS) and the Health Industry Group Purchasing Association's (HIGPA) agreement to work together to reduce healthcare costs and improve healthcare supply chain efficiency. CHeS, the leading industry-wide standards advocacy organization, will now serve as a committee under HIGPA, the preeminent organization that advocates on behalf of healthcare group purchasing organizations.This news follows the recent announcement from the Healthcare Supply Chain Standards Coalition (HSCSC) to merge their working groups into GS1 Healthcare US to eliminate any redundancy in efforts.

Rippe & Kingston is uniquely qualified to assist the Healthcare Industry with their extensive background in both standards-based data pools (1SYNC and GDSN Services) and contract management (Contract Guardian) for the healthcare industry.

About GS1 US(TM) GS1 US, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the adoption and implementation of standards-based, global supply chain solutions. GS1 US operates subsidiaries EPCglobal North America(TM), RosettaNet, and 1SYNC(TM).