September 2019

New ASPR/TRACIE Resource Available To Help Healthcare Coalitions Assess Supply Chain Integrity. Healthcare Coalitions (HCCs) play a key role in connecting and coordinating public sector response agencies and private sector facilities to cope with public health emergencies. HIDA recently teamed up with the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, the Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (ASPR/TRACIE) to publish a new resource on healthcare supply chain considerations before, during, and after public health events to assist HCCs. ASPR now requires HCCs to conduct a supply chain integrity assessment for their communities.

“This new requirement is an opportunity for healthcare distributors to engage with local partners to help them better understand the healthcare supply chain and improve preparedness, response, and recovery efforts before an event occurs,” said Mary Beth Spencer, HIDA Senior Manager of Government Affairs.


The Supply Chain Must Be Ready When Confronted With M&A. The supply chain will be a top-five focus area for savings and efficiency immediately following a takeover or merger, according to an experienced transaction advisor. To be ready for this transition, all parties must accept change and agree to do things differently. These new partners also need to strengthen their analytical capability and be prepared to make evaluations both on cost and benefit to patients. Lastly, each party that engages with the supply chain continuum should show the good work they do and be poised to deliver value on the first day of integration and beyond.

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Distribution & Logistics

Collaboration Needed As Logistics Costs Rise. US business logistics costs rose 11.4% in 2018 to reach a total of 8% of GDP, a jump of 50 basis points over 2017, according to a recent analysis. Supply chain leaders across a range of industries shared tips for coping with rising costs. The most important steps are working closely with carriers and other logistics partners and finding ways to reduce the time trucks spend getting into and out of facilities. Clear lines of communication and providing visibility into any potential delays can help all parties accomplish more, analysts comment.

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Supply & Demand

USTR Announces Tariff Increase. The United States Trade Representative announced that it would increase tariffs by 5% across all four product lists it has released. These lists total $550 billion in Chinese imports. The move follows an earlier announcement from China saying they will further raise tariffs on imported U.S. goods. HIDA Government Affairs has compiled helpful links to federal announcements and resources that can help further inform the healthcare supply chain about this issue.

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Digital Supply Chain

Providers Plan To Invest In Predictive Analytics. Sixty percent of payers and providers plan to commit 15% of their spending to predictive analytics this year, according to a new survey. The majority of those surveyed expect these investments will pay off, saving 15% or more over the next five years. Nearly two-thirds of executives are using predictive analytics within their organization, a 13-point increase from last year. When it comes to predictive analytics, 23% of payer and provider executives believe the future lies within data visualization, while 16% are focused on machine learning.

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  • Tariff Tracking Tool: New resource for tracking key dates and regulatory information on proposed tariffs.
  • 2019 Post-Acute Market Report: New HIDA research that examines the regulatory, market, and demographic factors affecting long-term care providers.