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Efficient Purchasing and Performance

White Paper Published By: Truven Health Analytics
Truven Health Analytics
Published:  Sep 01, 2015
Type:  White Paper
Length:  2 pages

Spending on supplies and pharmaceutical services varies among U.S. hospitals. It is not uncommon for hospitals with similar types of patients, including case mix and severity, to have significant differences in purchasing intensity for certain clinical services. Even small changes in efficiency can make a difference for hospitals and health systems, because supply-chain spending typically accounts for hospitalsí biggest spend after labor costs. Costs totaled about $74 billion in 2012, according to the Healthcare Supply Chain Association.