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Premier Inc. Survey: Alternate Site Providers Report Increased PPE Needs but Face Challenges with Traditional Distribution Channels.
(Premier, June 24, 2020)

Majority of respondents report a more than 50 percent increase in need for personal protective equipment (PPE); Three quarters of respondents have increased their PPE budgets by 50 percent or more; Fifty-nine percent report that they are planning to, or already have, reconfigured physical space to encourage social distancing; Forty percent of the COVID-19 deaths stem from nursing homes or long-term care facilities. Read more>

Vetted Non-Traditional Suppliers Offering PPE and Other Supplies and Services 
(AHRMM)

AHRMM is collaborating with GHX using the same tools, expertise and processes leveraged by its Vendormate solutions to vet non-traditional suppliers offering PPE supplies. The Vendormate process has been in place for more than 15 years and is a trusted source of information to credential new vendors. The process includes information such as sanction searches, validating tax ids, reviewing financial snapshots and business licenses/certifications. Read more>

U of I, Carle Health Partner to create PPE Products
(Wand17, June 22, 2020) 

The University of Illinois worked with Carle Health to design personal protection equipment (PPE) and create sterilization processes for central Illinois hospitals during the pandemic. A Monday Press release said a team of engineers, physicians, researchers and designers from both organizations worked to fabricate N-95 respirator masks, disposable face shields, disposable and resuable gowns, and resuable surgical face masks. Read more

Premier Inc. and 15 Leading Health Systems Invest to Expand Domestic PPE Production Through Prestige Ameritech
(Premier, May 26, 2020) 
Premier and 15 of its members acquired a minority stake in Prestige Ameritech, the nation's larget domestic producer of face masks, as well as other personal protective equipment (PPE); Move represents a long-term strategy to invest in or partner with suppliers that source from multiple regions as well as domestic markets to help ensure that a greater proportion of healthcare products are insulated from shortages and available in times of need. Read more>

GPOs on the front lines of healthcare
(The Journal of Healthcare Contracting) 

Admist an ever-changing healthcare landscape, one thing has remained constant: the value that healthcare group organizations (GPOs) provide to hospitals, other healthcare providers, and the patients they serve. Hospitals, nursing homes, physician practices, and other healthcare providers are constantly being asked to do more with less. And year after year, GPOs have found new and innovative ways to help providers save money while enhancing the quality of care they provide. Read more