6 Tips for Working With Physicians on Preference Items

Physician preference items can often be expensive. Here are six tips for surgery center leaders looking to create a meaningful dialogue with physicians about supply chain improvement, according to a Provista report.

1.    Avoid surprises. Involve physicians early on in supply chain discussions and initiatives.
2.    Gather data. Prepare information to share with physicians on just how much their preference items cost.
3.    Prepare options. Research all of the product options that can be used for a particular procedure and compare prices.
4.    Determine the affect preference items have on reimbursement, charges and clinical outcomes.
5.    Be willing to change suppliers or narrow the number of suppliers.
6.    Understand how preference items affect physicians and their patients.

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