December 16, 2015

Fine print in supply contracts often holds keys to cost savings

By: Paula DeJohn

When it comes to buying medical-surgical supplies, quality, safety, and physician comfort are foremost—but that doesn’t mean price is no object. Even though ambulatory surgery center (ASC) staff often lack materials management expertise, they can achieve cost savings in several ways, especially if they brush up on terms used in supply contracts. Other strategies include joining forces with larger organizations, staying aware of market trends, and standing up to vendors.

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