ASC supply chain tip of the day: Evaluate Amazon

Neil Olderman, partner at law firm Drinker Biddle & Reath, and president of Drinker Biddle & Reath's consulting firm Innovative Health Strategies, counsels hospital and health system clients on group purchasing arrangements, capital equipment acquisitions, and clinical and purchased services agreements.

Mr. Olderman shared the following supply chain insight with Becker's ASC Review:

"ASCs should evaluate whether Amazon has better pricing and delivery opportunities than typical distribution channels. While Amazon is not yet at the point where an ASC can fulfill all of its supply needs through it, there may be current opportunities for commodity purchases through Amazon and other product-purchasing opportunities in the future that will permit ASCs to obtain better pricing or to reduce inventories through just-in-time purchasing. "

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