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Several years ago, McLaren began participating with a group of similar-minded health systems to reduce the costs of physician-preference items, which include defibrillators, pacemakers and joint replacements.
The company, SharedClarity, is a Phoenix-based subsidiary of United Healthcare Group. Other systems involved include Advocate Health Care, Dignity Health and BaylorScott & White Health.
SharedClarity, a joint effort by health care organizations that conducts independent studies of medical devices in order to promote improved patient outcomes, has hired Brent Regnitz as Strategic Sourcing Analyst.
As part of the Strategic Sourcing Team, Regnitz collects, validates and analyzes data for medical products —from hip and knee implants to peripheral stents — projects savings for different vendor scenarios and assists in contract negotiations.
SharedClarity Hires Director of Strategic Sourcing
SharedClarity, a joint effort by health care organizations that conducts independent studies of medical devices in order to promote improved patient outcomes, has hired Shane Zimmerman as Director of Strategic Sourcing, a critical position for the fast-growing company.
Zimmerman will be responsible for the development and execution of 10 to 15 medical device categories that account for $1 to $2 billion in annual purchases.
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An analysis by the University HealthSystem Consortium (PDF) examining so-called physician-preference items at 10 academic medical centers found costs differed for cases involving such items as orthopedic implants, coronary and peripheral stents, and cardiac valves.
Dignity Health-Backed Joint Venture Puts Medical Devices Under a Microscope
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Approach aims to improve patient outcomes, save money, engage physicians.
When many health care providers contract for medical devices, they do so without head-to-head comparisons of similar products from different manufacturers. And many systems do not have a standard process for securing extensive clinician input before purchasing, according to Dr. Robert Lerman, vice president of medical effectiveness for San Francisco-based Dignity Health.
To forge a well-informed, value-driven approach to contracting, Dignity Health, three other large health systems and United-Healthcare are partnering on a joint venture company called SharedClarity. The young company uses a variety of methods of study, including a thorough clinical review of existing scientific literature and input from surgeons, to surmise which implanted medical devices perform best over the long term for patients. SharedClarity then contracts for those top products on behalf of its owner companies and other health care providers.
SharedClarity has added company President Mark West to its Board of Managers.
West, who has been with the company from the start, joins the board already comprised of a senior executive from each of SharedClarity’s members – health care systems Advocate Health Care, Baylor Scott & White Health, Dignity Health and McLaren Health Care, and UnitedHealthcare, the nation’s leading health care insurer.
“Mark has done a tremendous job building the company, from hiring an excellent team to recruiting new members and getting medical device contracts in place,” Board of Managers Chairman Austin T. Pittman, CEO of UnitedHealthcare Community & State. “He is truly committed to the company’s success.”