Friday, February 28, 2014

The Future of Healthcare Sustainability

Transformational Change is becoming the new-buzz-phrase in Healthcare. Change will always occur and it is reshaping the way we view certain tasks; how and what it entails however be an illusive entity to capture without outside professional intervention. Now that the government has stepped in, true healthcare change is difficult. Whenever government policies intervene to force change, confusion is sure to follow. If any good can come out of their current intervention, it has forced many intuitions to take a hard look at daily operational functions; shifting "business-as-usual" to "emergency-survival-mode."

During 2012 and 2013 we have seen one of the highest volumes in healthcare mergers and acquisitions, all based on the uncertainly of ObamaCare; more than $143.3 billion and still climbing in consolidation. This feverish rate will continue as the Affordable Care Act continues to unfold. Cost containment, facilities placing on hold new bed construction, a rethinking of available services, the development of smaller outpatient clinics with limited local services, revisions in GPO relationships, and drastic reduction staff all became the norm. In addition, the affects of reduced Medicare and Medicaid has placed added strains on payment-for-service to the point of affecting survival-ability of several hospitals. After much study, facilities finally realized there has always been an inherited-built-in-design-flail when dealing with most manufacturing suppliers whose only desire was to guarantee future sales revenue for expanding equipment functions into new areas. Organizations such as the Veterans Administration have now exclusively gone to unbiased consultants for assistance, thus not associating with the manufacturing suppliers except to purchase goods that have been designed specifically to meet needs.

There is one service venue that has surfaced as healthcare looks towards future sustainability; the need to better control their Materials Management, Materials Handling, and Supply Chain Management. Through selective investigation it was discovered the back-of-house-nightmare needs resolution to bring the greatest ROI. Typically 30 to 40 percent of operational costs are wasted annually due to poor inventory management. Typically this concern is not fully discussed and becomes an oversight of tasks during the initial SMP phase and let to chance.

RemTecH Associates LLC can offer an impartial approach to assist with your critical design-development decisions - early on in project development if given the opportunity. By the time contracts are let to architectural firms and for construction services, non-proven-concepts are already cut-in-stone making them impossible to change. We want to be your professional-partner who assists in steering your staff towards sustainable solutions. 

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