It’s a difficult business managing a medical practice in America. The rising costs of supplies add even more pressure to you and to your patients. Finding a way to save money each day should be your number one priority. Every dollar saved means savings that can be passed on to your patient’s bill, or even reinvested into the quality and breadth of care that your practice can provide.
Every Dollar Counts
There are obvious ways to find these savings. A medical office can opt for getting medical supplies wholesale and they can optimize office supply use.
After the obvious staffing improvements, most practices are at a loss for what to do next since office supplies are a small outlay and rent prices are fixed. My advice for practices in this position, practices that still would like to maximize their cash expenditures and to provide an even better quality of care for patients, is to consider the medical supplier.
Once a small niche in the medical field, wholesalers have become a bigger component of the industry lately. Spending less for the same quality supplies a practice is already buying satisfies our two frameworks. Not only is the quality of care maintained while money is saved and spent more efficiently, but that money that’s saved can be diverted to new areas. These would provide higher quality and a greater breadth of care to patients.
Choosing a wholesaler
When deciding on a wholesaler to partner with, quality of product and professional reputation are of paramount importance. High-quality supplies enable a caregiver to protect their patients, to practice to the best of their abilities, and to ensure that a patient has the best possible outcome from a procedure: conversely, poor quality or grey market supplies stand in the way of each of these goals. One option is to contact physician advocacy and industry groups and to collect literature with a critical eye to certification, quality of the product, and reputation throughout the healthcare industry. The best of the best will pass all three tests with flying marks, and deserve every dollar of your business.
A great supplier relationship, though, is one of a small number of relationships that can provide the foundation of a successful medical practice. This is doubly true for smaller and newer practices: every dollar counts, and a good supplier will be with you every step of the way. It’s one effective way for numbers to make sense, and to allow physicians and healthcare professionals to do what they love—practice medicine.
Often, though not always, a wholesale supplier will be able to save a practice hundreds of dollars per week on basic equipment and consumables. There are pitfalls when choosing a wholesale supplier, though, and selecting the correct business partner should be a decision not taken lightly.
Maximizing each dollar spent
Owing to the rising costs of care for patients, modern patients want to understand how their care is influenced by the money they’re spending. Optimizing labor scheduling is an option for every practice. As long as patient care does not suffer, using what time each employee spends at work more efficiently is a wonderful way to maximize the value of each dollar spent. Modern scheduling software provides a much more agile, responsive labor solution. It’s a simple task for a program to analyze traffic, compare it to datasets from yesterday all the way to years in the past, and to make a recommendation for staffing needs.
Of course, this is just a recommendation. No software today can predict or judge a situation as effectively as an experienced office manager, and it’s important to always be aware of this distinction.
While none of these solutions is a silver bullet, what they represent, though, is the proper framework that a practice manager needs to always have in mind, “If I’m spending another dollar, how does it improve the quality of care I can deliver to my patients?” and the inverse, “Is spending more money necessary, or can we maximize our quality of care by spending money more intelligently?” The modern medical office will have the right answers to these questions.
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