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PEDSPAL'S GROUP PURCHASING BLOG

 

Information and insights from our team on your practice's savings

BACK TO BASICS

At PedsPal, we're working hard to get back to the original purpose of GPOs. We're maximizing member savings by simplifying administrative activity and by moving to stronger relationships with fewer, very carefully selected, vendors. READ POST.

SOMETIMES YOU GET WAY MORE THAN YOU PAY FOR

A study by Tomas J. Philipson, Ph.D., et al, just looked at the social value of childhood vaccination in the United States. For the cohort of children born in 2009, they found that vaccination will save $184.1 billion. READ POST.

YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR

We all know this old adage. And I've come to understand, there is a reason that old adages exist – they tell us important life lessons. The challenge comes when trying to understand the added value that makes up for the incremental cost. READ POST.

THE VALUE OF SIZE

As we discussed in the last post, our program rewards member loyalty. Conversely, practices that join our program and then decide not to be loyal are asked to leave. While this may sound harsh, it’s not. READ POST.

THE VALUE OF LOYALTY

 

Our purchasing agreements with Sanofi Pasteur, Merck and Pfizer all have expectations of member loyalty to each brand in return for which our members get better pricing and in return for which we offer our members the opportunity to share in the administrative fees we are paid by these vendors to run our program. READ POST.

WHEN SUCCESS CREATES RISK

 

The remarkable success of vaccines in reducing and/or eliminating catastrophic illness has caused some parents to misunderstand the risks these illnesses pose to their children. READ POST.

INDEPENDENT PRACTICE RESURGENCE

 

Fall is our season for attending the national conferences of the American Academy of Family Practice (AAFP), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA). READ POST.

THE REAL ECONOMICS OF PHYSICIAN EMPLOYMENT

 

One of the benefits of having spent more than 30 years working with physicians is my ability to try to help physicians avoid pitfalls that we’ve seen before. READ POST.

HELP US ELIMINATE CERVICAL CANCER

 

We have been working hard to help improve HPV immunization rates because early indications were very positive that this vaccine can dramatically reduce the risk of HPV-associated cancers. READ POST.

PLEASE VACCINATE

 

With all the misinformation on the internet about the dangers of immunizations, it's great to see a story on ABC that shows what can happen if you follow the hype rather than the science. READ POST.

HOW PEDSPAL IS NOT JUST ANOTHER BUYING GROUP

 

There are other group purchasing organizations (GPOs) you can work with, but we think you should work with us because we treat you like part of our family. READ POST.

ON THE OTHER HAND

 

So, if giving vaccines isn’t going to make you rich, what is? READ POST.

VACCINE PROFITABILITY

 

I have been following an anti-vaccine conversation on Facebook and am deeply concerned about the consequences that the children of these anti-vaccine parents may face. I know their parents are well intentioned, but they are very poorly informed. READ POST.

OUR NEW MEMBER SERVICE

 

You may have seen our recent member email announcing our new member service. That service is acting as your purchasing department, free of charge, to help you make the best possible purchasing decisions for your practice. READ POST.

SO, WHAT IS GOING ON WITH FLUMIST®?

 

For many of us, we are still somewhat shocked that the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has told us not to use FluMist® during the 2016-17 flu season. There are many questions and much speculation about why this product went from the preferred flu presentation for age-appropriate patients to a “do not use” in such a short time span. Unfortunately, as parents learn that their child can’t have FluMist® this season, it may create uninformed speculation about broader vaccine safety. That is truly unfortunate. To help quiet fears, here is the latest from AstraZeneca: . READ POST.

OUR NEW SERVICE

 

Doctors and their staffs are really busy these days. They are busy with patient care, but they are also busy (we’d say too busy) with new activities that don’t have much to do with patient care, but have everything to do with following new rules and guidelines. READ POST.

TRUTH IN ADVERTISING – PART 2

 

We wanted to be sure that we were being absolutely truthful when we complained that other medical supply discount programs might be overstating their savings – so, we double checked. It turns out that we were not only right, but our savings are even greater than we thought. READ POST.

REMEMBERING WHY WE WORK IN HEALTH CARE

 

We recently exhibited at the Spine Intervention Society’s national meeting. For those of you who don’t know this group, they are predominantly independently practicing physicians who focus on non-surgical spinal pain relief (think facet injections). READ POST.

GIVING BACK

 

One component of our physician advocacy is helping each physician maximize the profitability of his or her practice. A second component is encouraging physician professional organizations that can speak on behalf of large groups of member physicians. We do this for you with our vendor partners, but on clinical and reimbursement topics, physician societies often have the greatest clout. READ POST.

PHYSICIAN ADVOCACY

 

I, Ryan Champlin, Vice President of PedsPal, have spent 30 years helping physicians be more successful in their practices by having a heartfelt desire to advocate for those issues that allow physicians to succeed – both clinically and financially. That advocacy has grown from helping my first multispecialty group become the most successful full-professional risk group in the Denver market during the HMO boom of the early 1990s to now being able to speak on behalf of our more than 6,000 national PedsPal members. READ POST.

WOW

 

We just received our sales report from Henry Schein for the second quarter of 2016. Our members’ purchasing through this agreement has grown by almost 29 percent over the same period last year. We think we have exceptional Henry Schein pricing and this level of growth confirms it. READ POST.

A SOLUTION FOR EVERY PRACTICE

 

PedsPal and VaxCare share a common goal to immunize every person in America. We know that's the most effective way to reduce national health costs and to improve public health. And there's nothing better we can do for each person than to offer them the greatest possible protection that full immunization provides. READ POST.

NICE CATCH, VAXCARE

 

We were all promised that if we put up with the cost and "inconvenience" of electronic medical records, they would help us prevent medical errors. We've now learned that this promise isn't always true, and when providers tune out or turn off alerts, errors can happen. READ POST.

A CLOSE CALL, AND WHY WE NEED VACCINE VIAL MONITORS

 

Cook Children's generosity lets us use our time and resources to make a global impact on the immunizing community and all of our patients. One way we're doing that is though our involvement in trying to bring vaccine vial monitoring to the United States. READ POST.

VAXCARE PILOT UPDATE

 

Can inventory automation change the entire vaccine landscape? Maybe so ... or at least one of our large national vaccine partners thinks it can. At their request, we met last week to discuss the status of our VaxCare pilot and our plans for the future. READ POST.

STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

 

June 30 - Our membership numbers, coupled with the strength of our members supporting selected vendor partners, means extraordinary discounts for you. READ POST.

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO

 

June 22 - When doctors are willing to become advocates for the tools and treatments they see helping their patients, they can truly help millions of people. Can there be a nobler calling than to serve others without any expectation of recognition or reward? READ POST.

GOOD DEEDS ARE REWARDED

 

June 21 - We were approached by a national organization and asked if we'd allow all 2,000 of their physicians to be PedsPal members. We were happy to oblige and on July 1, 2016, PedsPal will be 2,000 doctors larger! READ POST.

THANK YOU FOR NOTICING

 

June 20 - PedsPal was created to help independent practices be more successful. We're proud of the work we do and are always excited when a physician reaches out to tell us how we've helped them. READ POST.

SERENDIPITY (part 2)

 

June 14 - As our VaxCare pilot progresses, we continue to be pleasantly surprised by the positive results. In fact, some results we didn’t even anticipate. READ POST.

TRUTH IN ADVERTISING

 

MAY 31 - One of the most frustrating things about new technology (like the internet) is the ease with which vendors can misrepresent what they have to offer. You wind up buying what you think is a great solution, only to find that it doesn't perform as advertised, or, in the case of purchasing programs, doesn’t offer the savings you were promised. READ POST.

MANAGING VACCINES IN THE VAXCARE WORLD

 

MAY 25 - I just left a meeting in which a question came up about the quantity of Gardasil 4® in stock at one of our clinics. A month ago, we would have had to call the clinic. READ POST.

SERENDIPITY

 

MAY 17 - We were instrumental in getting the FDA waiver that allowed 2D bar codes to be placed on individual vaccine vials. READ POST.

PROGRESS CONTINUES

 

MAY 17 - The VaxCare team continues to impress us with their dedication to making their tools work so well that they become part of the practice flow. READ POST.

WHAT'S WORKING ... AND WHAT'S NOT

 

MAY 17 - We're in our third week of the VaxCare pilot, and it's already clear that this tool will revolutionize the management of vaccine inventories and the business of immunizations! READ POST.

X-RAY VISION

 

MAY 11 - Have you ever wanted to be a super hero with X-ray vision? That’s exactly what VaxCare has just given us, and it's super cool! READ POST.

VAXCARE: WEEK 1 LEARNINGS

 

MAY 10 - It's always amazing what you learn about yourself when some new tool arrives to provide insight. That’s what happened last week when we went live with VaxCare in three of our offices. READ POST.

CREATING A "PERFECT" VACCINE INVENTORY

 

APR 25 - A perfect vaccine inventory would contain the smallest quantity of necessary vaccines available at the right time for each patient who needs to be immunized. Lacking tools to create the perfect inventory, we tend to hold more vaccines on hand than we would like, creating cash flow issues for the practice and risking a significant financial impact if a power failure causes a loss of that inventory. READ POST.

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