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01 October 2008 @ 05:46 pm
Work is somehow both kicking my ass and making me look like a rock star this week. :P

Cases in point -

I was asked to head a committee on emergency cell phones for our members who are often in the community, but still need a lifeline-type item. Clearly, this is not drug-related, however, I am apparently the geeky-techie solve-weird-problems go-to girl. (I did find a wonderful low-cost solution BTW... and now know about all the cheap-o cell phone deals on the market...)

The budget guy at first thought the ~1% decrease in drug costs per year must be a mistake (a 5-10% increase is more usual). Then, since we need to "save" money anywhere we can to keep the program budget in the black (it is currently very, very in the red), he wanted to assume a 1% decrease next year too! Eeep! Um... I'll do my best, but I can't promise that!

I have done a series of product analyses that will help us provide better quality dietary supplements to the patients, promote infectious disease control, educate the nurse practitioners, and still save us money in the long run.

Whew! Now, off I go to practice...

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whymcwhymc on October 1st, 2008 11:50 pm (UTC)
There are moments when your eureka moments make my eureka moments look kinda silly... I mean... I do believe that its important that the kids learn about the idea of a public sphere, and the functioning of the dialectic... but...
eithni: snapeeithni on October 2nd, 2008 06:15 am (UTC)
Well, if my participants' teachers had done a good enough job, I wouldn't have a fair number of them. You're a good teacher - a preventative. ;) I'm working cleanup.
Jack Flandersjack_flanders on October 6th, 2008 02:07 pm (UTC)
"I am apparently the geeky-techie solve-weird-problems go-to girl."

Well, duh! *grin*

Don't let Mr. Bonehead Budget Analyst get away with his stupid tricks - basing next years budget on one previous year is not just sloppy, it's bad accounting. If his department doesn't have standards for what sorts of average ranges he should be using (3 years, 5 years, ?), then I bet a few googles ("best practice budget projections") should get you some solid references for him to chew on.
eithni: PharmDeithni on October 6th, 2008 02:11 pm (UTC)
See, that's the problem. I've kept drug costs flat all three years I have been here. :P
Jack Flandersjack_flanders on October 6th, 2008 02:45 pm (UTC)
Well, he should be using industry figures - what happens if you get his by a bus?

Budgeting based on the talents of one individual is simply nuts - makes his numbers look nice, but what will it look like when even you can't contain some crazy price increase? (Not to mention factoring in the CPI for this year, which will mess up his numbers anyway...)
eithni: ?!?!?!?eithni on October 7th, 2008 04:55 am (UTC)
:P Everyone is just trying to be "helpful"... Things are tight. :/