Controlling costs of service: every dollar counts

August 29, 2022
Parts And Service
From the August 2022 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

Replacement parts in contracts
Radiation emitting systems and ultrasound service contracts typically give the user the option to add tube or transducer replacement in the contract. For these technologies, a health system’s historical maintenance records are key to identifying whether tube or transducer replacement should be included in the contract. As an example, some x-ray tubes can last for years while others require yearly replacement. The repair history of transducers is dependent on the user and the cleaning process.

Savings of up to 50% can be seen with third-party tube and transducer options. Keep in mind that these options may include recertified or new systems. Recertified parts can save hospitals up to 75% of the cost a new part. However, its longevity will be an unknown factor. Although batteries are typically not included in service contracts, portable X-ray systems, infusion pumps, and monitors all require batteries. Savings of up to 50% can be realized when using a third-party battery provider.

In the current tight fiscal environment, it’s only a matter of time before healthcare CPI increases negatively affect health systems’ bottom lines. Before committing to a service contract, examine what’s included and let historical data and patient needs guide the best value for your facility.

About the author: James X. Laskaris, EE, BME, is a clinical advisor and expert with symplr, specializing in biomedical engineering, equipment services, and OEM. With deployments in 9 out of every 10 U.S. hospitals, symplr is the leader in enterprise healthcare software and services.

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