ASC supply chain tip of the day: Leverage influence with vendors

Supply chain operations can be improved at an ASC through taking advantage of an affiliated hospital's relationship with vendors, according to the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses.

Avanza Healthcare Strategies President and CEO Joan Dentler shared the following tip with AORN on their website:

"Purchasing is an area where ASCs in a joint venture-partnership can save substantial money, and acquire newer devices and equipment at lower costs," Ms. Dentler said. "ASCs should work closely with their hospital partner's chief financial officer and materials management department to help ensure they are taking advantage of the hospital's purchasing power. ASCs should also make sure they can access their hospital partners' group purchasing organization contracts as the hospital will likely negotiate better rates than a standalone ASC."

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