Where Christiana Care enjoyed a level of collaboration and mutual respect between clinicians and administrators, its committee review model allowed administrators and clinicians to deliver the highest level of care, while becoming more educated buyers to keep costs within reason.
Together, they evaluated all supply chain issues – new equipment and contracts – as well as any other initiatives that impact costs and the facility’s ability to deliver the highest level of quality care. At the conclusion of each review, the committee was charged with making recommendations as a collective group. “There was a newfound collective sense of commitment, enabling us to build stronger relationships while also building support for future decisions regarding implementation,” says Seigfried.
Where MedAssets has continued to play its biggest role is in the preparation of data for the supply chain department and often committee reviews – providing actionable information for savings opportunities. Aspen provides Christiana Care with information on its supply expenses compared to similar facilities across the nation. It provides the health system with consulting on PPI, identifying areas for savings and working with physicians on considerations. MedAssets assists with custom contracts and MedAssets Analytical Systems provides Christiana Care with information on how it’s utilizing its contracts for all of its supplies, helping to identify savings opportunities within the contract portfolio as well as price audits.
“Our initial work with MedAssets was overwhelming in that we learned we could do better without compromising quality and we were able to provide helpful data to our physicians at the same time,” says Seigfried. “The collaborative team approach and holistic review continue to allow us to get the best out of everyone involved, demonstrating that we’ve done our due diligence and ultimately providing the best value for our patients.”