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Show Me the Way

Posted By Administration, Friday, January 26, 2018
Updated: Sunday, January 21, 2018

Show Me the Way…

When I moved from my role as a Clinical Department Head to Director of Materials Management, I felt like a fish out of water.  I had a lot to learn about distribution and contracting.  This knowledge deficit was compounded when I moved into the role of the System Director for Value Analysis.  I needed to know how to evaluate evidence, conduct a cost analysis, capture and report savings, and develop policies and procedures to support the application of the value analysis process.  I needed to put into place job descriptions for roles to support the new VA approach and prepare PowerPoint presentations to explain the principles of VA and report on VA activities. I wanted to network with experienced VA professionals and learn from them. That’s when stumbled on to a VA chat group that eventually evolved into AHVAP. They shared templates for documenting cost comparisons and capturing savings and provided practical advice for dealing with the challenges I was encountering in my new role.  If you are looking for this kind of information, it is available to you today at MEMBER CENTRAL on the AHVAP webpage , allow me to Show you the way…


Need input, direction, ideas? Post your questions, requests and replies on AHVAP CHAT.  This is a great resource for information about products, evaluations, policies, procedures and all things Value Analysis.  The instructions for submitting a request or opening a chat topic are on the page AND new members are automatically signed up to receive notices of posts.  If you have not established a broad VA resource network, this is a great way to potentially get feedback from more than 360 peers.  The key, though, is FEEDBACK. You are welcome to submit a CHAT topic, but to receive an answer, we need members to reply. Members report feeling frustrated and discouraged when they do not receive any responses. 
Check it out!

Resource Library

There is a goldmine of information in the Resource Library! Members of the Education Committee have been hard at work organizing the information on this page.  Just log on to for information on Contracting, Workflow/Process, Training Tools to Defective Product Forms, Evaluation and Trial Forms, New Product Requests, Policies, Purchase Request Forms, Decision Grids, RFI/RFP’s and PowerPoints about Value Analysis.  As an AHVAP member, this information is available to you.  Don’t “re-invent the wheel”, take advantage of this resource!

Webinars and Podcasts

AHVAP members can also access timely podcasts and view past Webinars.

There is something for everyone.  Log on.  Take a look.  Be amazed!

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