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Doctor The status-quo health care supply chain is pretty straightforward: Patients go in for a consultation, visit a specialist, get treated, attend follow-up appointments, and get a post-care referral. (Photo: Getty Images)

Health care plans are consistently rising in cost while decreasing in quality, and businesses and workers alike are feeling the impact. Benefits advisors are looking for ways to combat this trend, and one of the most effective ways they can do so is by managing the health care supply chain.

The concept of a supply chain is present in virtually every industry, but it’s often ignored in health care. The overall idea is the same, but instead of focusing on sourcing, production, storage, and transportation of goods, the health care supply chain centers around the choices involved in the diagnosis, treatment, and recovery of a patient. By taking control of the health care process from start to finish, your advisor can give your employees better quality care and more options while creating savings for everyone involved.

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