Benchmark Guidance for Dollars of Inventory for Orthopedic-Driven ASCs: Q&A With Kathleen Whitlow of Blue Chip Surgical Center Partners

November 08, 2010 | Print  |

Kathleen Whitlow is chief operations officer for Blue Chip Surgical Center Partners.

Q: What is a good benchmark range for dollars of inventory on the shelf of an orthopedics-anchored ASC?

Kathleen Whitlow: It is dependent on case volume of orthopedics and whether the ASC has implants brought in on a case-by-case basis by vendor representatives or whether the ASC purchases them and keeps them on the shelf.

The benchmark is center-specific. A really well run orthopedic-driven ASC keeps a minimum on the shelves, uses consignment or has the representatives bring in what is needed on a per case basis. Our average for orthopedics inventory shelf dollars is about $50,000-$75,000 for ASCs doing 300 cases a month.

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