ASC supply chain tip of the day: Investigate discontinued items

Beverly Bryant, MSN, RN, administrator and director of Yuma (Ariz.) Endoscopy Center, discussed the biggest challenges and opportunities in the center's supply chain management with Becker's ASC Review.

A supply chain tip Ms. Bryant shared:

"I am constantly reviewing the supply invoices to monitor price increases. Our main supplier seems to change order numbers for common products often. It will show up on the website as 'unavailable' or 'discontinued.' At first, I spent hours researching other suppliers for an identical item, when in fact the item is still available, but the supplier now manufactures their own brand of the identical item. So I've learned to call the supplier on those items and get verbal clarification on discontinued supplies."

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