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Supply Chain Assignment

a. Identify the existing supply chain management processes within your organization or an organization with which you are familiar.

b. Describe the flow of materials to this organization, the organization's function, and the customers it serves.

c. Compare and contrast these practices with other supply chain practices, both domestic and global.

d. Based upon your research and cost-benefit analysis, recommend changes.

e. Analyze the ethics implications of your recommendations.

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Supply Chain Assignment
a. Identify the existing supply chain management processes within your organization or an organization with which you are familiar:
Let us consider Kaiser Permanente again, it is a not-for-profit comprehensive and integrated health care provider based in Oakland, California. Industrialist Henry J. Kaiser and physician Sidney R. Garfield founded the organization in 1945.
Kindly think in the following terms:Supply chain management (SCM) is the process of planning, implementing, and controlling the operations of the supply chain with the purpose to satisfy customer requirements as efficiently as possible. Supply chain management spans all movement and storage of raw materials, work-in-process inventory, and finished goods from point-of-origin to point-of-consumption.

Who are the key players in Kaiser Permanente supply Chain? Owens & Minor has signed a multi-year distribution agreement with Broadlane Inc., a manager in delivering supply chain services to the healthcare industry, in which Owens & Minor will extend its existing Broadlane distribution services agreement to one of Broadlane's newest customers, Kaiser Permanente.
Owens & Minor has begun service to Kaiser Permanente, the nation's leading integrated healthcare delivery organization, with full implementation expected by fourth quarter 2001. The contract will remain in effect until 2007. In February 2001, Broadlane took over responsibility for contracting services for Kaiser Permanente as a result of the health plan's decision to outsource its national supply chain functions. Please think of the following: Broadlane and Owens & Minor have long-standing distributor and customer relationships. Broadlane counts among its customers 572 acute care hospitals and 2,335 sub-acute healthcare facilities. Kaiser Permanente has 35 hospitals as well as several additional healthcare delivery sites in 11 states and the District of Columbia. Owens & Minor has 43 distribution centers located throughout the nation and is well positioned to take on this new, expanded relationship with Broadlane.
What supplies does Kaiser Permanente need? The supplies that Kaiser purchases include bathroom assists, children/pediatric assists, cushions/covers/backs, daily living aids, diabetes supplies, diagnostic products, dietary supplements, electrotherapy, exercise/fitness equipment, hand cycles, incontinence, lift chairs, maternity care, orthopedics, ostomy supplies, oxygen therapy equipment, patient care, personal care, power scooters, ramps, sexual well-being products, skin care, surgical supplies, syringes, treatment furniture, urologicals/catheters, walkers/canes/crutches, wheelchair accessories, wheelchairs and wound care equipment.

b. Describe the flow of materials to this organization, the organization's function, and the customers it serves.
How does Kaiser get its supplies? Through an extensive suite of services, Broadlane delivers integrated supply chain management solutions to Kaiser Permanente. Those services include group purchasing, procurement strategy and outsourcing and e-commerce services. You should think of the following: With its focus on improving efficiencies within the healthcare supply chain, Broadlane offers this full array of services to Kaiser Permanente.
How else is Kaiser Permanente's supply chain managed? Virginia, is the nation's leading distributor of national name brand medical/surgical supplies. ...

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