Hospital purchasing contracts exist to protect an organization’s funds by clearly defining suppliers’ terms. Not having a contract on a regularly purchased item can lead to higher pricing, as one of our hospital clients discovered after a vendor rep left.
The hospital had a verbal agreement with the manufacturer’s representative for textile products, which were purchased through a distributor. After the rep left the company the distributor began charging the hospital the manufacturer’s list prices because it had no vendor agreement for the rep’s discounted pricing.
Since the hospital also lacked a contract in its system for the discounted pricing, invoices with the new, higher price were approved and paid as presented. This cost the hospital considerably, and the overcharges could have been prevented with proper documentation of the vendor relationship and a pricing review.
If your Purchasing department has found itself in similar situations, it might be time to reevaluate how you are managing your purchasing, vendors and contracts. Here are a few simple solutions your team can implement:
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