Dr. Douglas Won, MD quoted in Becker’s ASC REVIEW article “6 Tips for Smarter Case Scheduling”.
2. Consolidate supplies and streamline where possible for purchasing power. One of the quickest ways to decrease supply costs at the surgery center is by streamlining the implants. Work with the surgeons to consolidate supplies and choose one company to purchase from.
Dr. Douglas Won on implants”If the surgeons are in line with the ASC and can work together to select specific implant companies or suppliers and decide what disposable supplies to utilize, I think the surgery center can negotiate better with vendors,” says Douglas Won, MD, director and founder of Minimally Invasive SpineCARE. “They have more purchasing power with implant companies, and where available they can purchase implants at a wholesale price.”
ASC administrators can also renegotiate shipping and handling prices for supplies and drugs. Finally, bring anesthesiologists into the discussion as well to lower costs on the drugs they use. “Utilize generic products to help reduce the cost for the ASC,” says Dr. Won.
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Written by Laura Miller | March 01, 2013