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How Do You Get a Seat at the Table When Your Leadership Wants to Bring in Outside Consultants?

It’s no secret that lately hospitals and health systems have been facing greater challenges as margins are being squeezed and total operating expenses are outpacing revenue growth. Due in part to increasing complexity and to non-labor costs rising at unprecedented rates, a number of C-Suite executives are looking outside the industry for solutions, including assistance with supply chain operations. If you’re a VP of Supply Chain, that raises a number of questions. It’s imperative that you get a seat at the table, but how do you ensure that you’re invited? And when you do get invited, how do you work collaboratively with the consultants who have been brought in to help?

These are the questions VPL Board member Tim Chapman answers in a podcast recently sponsored by VPL Chapman, a 22-year veteran of the global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, sat down with John Pritchard, publisher of The Journal of Healthcare Contracting, to share his thoughts on the situation from his insider perspective.

Chapman answers the big questions of why the C-Suite engages consultants in the first place and offers expert advice as to how you can not only be a participant in the process but an active part of the decision-making.

You can listen to the entire interview by pressing play below or you can download the podcast file here.

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