We identified supply utilization management as a new supply chain discipline about 18 years ago when the supply chain expense savings we were uncovering for our clients weren’t from price or standardization. After extensive research, we discovered that these new savings opportunities were caused by something else that we called utilization misalignments (defined as wasteful and inefficient consumption, misuse, misapplication, or life cycle shortfalls in supply streams). Since that time, we have observed hospitals’ supply utilization management maturity as they search for Savings Beyond Price™ as their price and standardization savings diminish. To help you increase your supply utilization management maturity, we have developed the Supply Utilization Management Maturity Model™ (Figure 1) as a guide to save you more in less time.
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