What is new at EIRMC is the emphasis on digging more deeply for cost savings by working to standardize its PPI purchasing.
"The challenge we have is that we've already run a lot of the easy costs out of the system through bulk purchasing," Baiocco says. "Standardization is the new challenge as we look at trying to reduce variability so we are not stocking five or six items, but are instead stocking two."
Standardizing PPI is often more easily said than done because physicians generally have strong opinions about the products they use, Baiocco acknowledges, adding that any progress that can be made in this area is a step in the right direction.
"If we can eliminate even one item, it allows us to capture some of the purchasing power that is left to gain. Physician preference item management is really a big part of where we are focusing our attention," he says.