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6 Key Ophthalmic Costs to Slash in ASCs

Written by Taryn Tawoda | June 28, 2012 - Costs are rising at a rate faster than reimbursements can be made, creating major challenges for surgical organizations. Ambler Surgical, together with members from its Advisory Board of ophthalmic industry experts, suggest the following list of high supply costs in ophthalmic surgery and ways to provide cost-cutting solutions for these expenses.

Cost #1: Equipping an ASC to Perform Ophthalmic Procedures

Equipping an ASC to perform ophthalmic procedures can be overwhelming to those unfamiliar with the specialty. "The planning and readiness phase is time-consuming and laborious, and personnel salaries can be exorbitant and unpredictable," says Annquinetta Dansby-Kelly RN, the past president of the American Society of Ophthalmic Registered Nurses.

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9 Tips to Ensure Surgical Instrument Companies Provide True Quality & Savings

Written by Marty Anthony | June 27, 2012 - Hospital and surgery centers are challenged with minimizing the cost of surgical instruments and material goods without jeopardizing patient care and safety. Decision makers address these needs by utilizing GPOs, sending quotes to several vendors and shopping for the lowest price. Over the last five years, in an effort to remain viable, many surgical instrument companies have been eager to meet these needs by continually driving costs down and competing on price alone. They claim their instruments are U.S. or German stainless steel, top quality and guaranteed to be defect-free! They began to offer lower-priced "knock-offs" of surgical instruments, claiming that they are similar or "exact-matched" products yet priced more favorably. It is not uncommon for some of these companies to initially quote low-pricing to earn the account and then continue to raise their prices on subsequent orders to make up for the loss.

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5 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Surgical Instrument Supplier

Written by Taryn Tawoda | June 21, 2012 - Quality, cost, service and value are key factors that should be considered when purchasing surgical instruments for ambulatory surgery centers, according to Marty Anthony, president of Ambler Surgical, an ophthalmic surgical instrument vendor based in Exton, Pa.

"Surgical instrumentation is the largest ASC expenditure, so when sourcing a surgical instrument company, it is important to assess whether any value-added resources are provided that will maximize long-term savings on your purchases," Mr. Anthony says. "Low-cost surgical instruments can be enticing, but if the quality of these instruments isn't reinforced with value-added resources, you are likely to find the benefit of your purchase to be short-lived."

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5 Things to Consider When Purchasing Ophthalmic Surgical Instruments

Written by Marty Anthony | June 20, 2012 - The surgical instrument industry has experienced many changes in the last five years including greater instrument specialization, tighter regulations about instrument reprocessing, infection control and patient safety, improved ability to process orders online and a focus on more customer-centric business practices. This transformation has resulted in a proliferation of new information and standards — all directly related to the bottom line: finding quality surgical instruments at the lowest possible pricing. So when it comes to the price of surgical instruments, how is one to distinguish which companies offer true quality and value or even which instruments are low quality "knock-offs"? Let's consider how to discern instrument quality and whether it's possible to shop by price alone.

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5 Ways to Optimize the Up Time of Your Surgical Instruments

Written by Marty Anthony | June 11, 2012 - 1. Place the priority on surgical instrument quality rather than cost. Purchasing higher quality products will help reduce expenses over time. Poor quality instruments demand more frequent repairs and require more extensive effort to restore functionality. The result is a decrease in the life span of the instrument. Consider the associated maintenance and repair costs over the instrument’s lifetime, rather than the initial purchase price to determine best value.

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Ambler Surgical Enters into Agreement with Mid-Atlantic Group Network of Shared Services (MAGNET)

 
Dec 28, 2011 – Ambler Surgical, a leading ophthalmic surgical instrument company, announced today that it has signed a three-year contract with Mid-Atlantic Group Network of Shared Services Cooperative (MAGNET), one of the largest healthcare shared services organizations in the US. The agreement which becomes effective January 1, 2012, will enable Ambler Surgical to provide ophthalmic surgical instruments and related products to GPO member groups of MAGNET.

Ambler Surgical was selected by MAGNET because of its commitment to providing an overall customer value experience: high quality ophthalmic surgical instruments, the most comprehensive online ophthalmic product catalog, cost-effective price options and free repair of most Ambler Surgical brand instruments - Ophthalmic Instruments for Life. MAGNET members can now benefit from Ambler Surgical’s overall customer value advantage on ophthalmic surgical instruments.

“We are very excited to have been chosen by MAGNET as one of their contracted vendors and look forward to a long-term relationship,” said Marty Anthony, president of Ambler Surgical. “MAGNET’s mission of providing quality patient care at excellent pricing is well matched with our commitment of providing Quality and Savings for Everything Ophthalmic™.”

For more information about Ambler Surgical, visit www.AmblerSurgical.com.


About MAGNET
Mid-Atlantic Group Network of Shared Services Cooperative (MAGNET) is one of the oldest, largest and most experienced shared service organizations in the country. MAGNET, founded in 1979, is the “Other GPO” serving through its GPO member groups approximately 9,500 providers. The groups offer healthcare providers MAGNET vendor contracts that fill the need for delivering quality patient care at the best possible pricing. The member groups are Joint Purchasing Corporation (JPC), Creative Source Concepts, Inc. (CSC), Connecticut Hospital Association Shared Services Program (CHA SSP), Hospital Central Services Cooperative, Inc. (HCSC), and Southwest Ohio Health Care Affiliates, Inc. (SOHCA), and its newest member PhyndUs™.


Ambler Surgical Announces a Renewed Contract With Premier Purchasing Partners

 
EXTON, PA. June 10, 2011 – Ambler Surgical announced today that it has renewed a three-year contract, effective July 1st, 2011, to supply specialty ophthalmic instruments and related products to members of Premier Purchasing Partners, LLP, one of the largest healthcare alliances in the U.S.

Premier is a performance improvement alliance of more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals and 75,000-plus other healthcare sites using the power of collaboration to lead the transformation to high quality, cost-effective care.

Ambler Surgical was once again chosen by Premier as a result of its long commitment to providing top quality ophthalmic instruments at cost-efficient pricing to surgical facilities throughout the United States. Ambler's "Ophthalmic Instruments for Life" program continues to be a tremendous selling point to surgical teams who spend thousands on repairs or replacement of damaged micro-surgical instruments. This type of forward thinking has helped to make Ambler Surgical a leader in the ophthalmic instrument market.

“We are once again thrilled that Premier has placed their confidence in our product line and look forward to continuing our long-standing relationship”, said Marty Anthony, President of Ambler Surgical. “I believe it is a sign of the times that healthcare facilities are realizing that they don’t have to pay more for quality instruments."

In business for over 14 years, Ambler Surgical has developed the industry leading and most comprehensive online Ophthalmic Product Catalog available today: AmblerSurgical.com. Customers can cross-reference over 50,000 catalog numbers from over 75 different ophthalmic instrument companies, view high resolution photos and even view prices with just a click of a mouse. In addition to its extensive stainless steel and titanium instrument line, Ambler also offers a full line of sterilization products, ocular and diagnostic lenses, and disposable products.

In an effort to further reduce surgical expenses, Ambler Surgical also provides competitively priced repair services for diamond knives, phaco handpieces, microsurgical instruments, cryosurgical handpieces, pulse-oximeter probes, and even vitreoretinal instruments, making it a virtual “one-stop-shop” for the Ophthalmic Operating Room.

For more information about Premier Purchasing Partners, visit www.Premierinc.com.


Ambler Surgical Announces 1st Contract With Premier Purchasing Partners

 
EXTON, PA. June 02, 2008 – Ambler Surgical announced today that it has signed a three-year contract, effective July 1st, 2008, to supply specialty ophthalmic instruments and related products to members of Premier Purchasing Partners, LLP, one of the largest healthcare alliances in the U.S.

Premier Inc. is a hospital performance improvement alliance with 1,700 participating not-for-profit hospitals and over 50,000 other healthcare sites serving communities nationwide in safely reducing purchasing costs, while improving the quality of patient care.

Ambler Surgical was chosen by Premier as a result of its long commitment to providing top quality ophthalmic instruments at cost-efficient pricing to surgical facilities throughout the United States. Ambler's recently introduced "Lifetime Repair Program" has also been a tremendous selling point to surgical teams who spend thousands on repairs or replacement of damaged micro-surgical instruments. This type of forward thinking has helped to propel Ambler Surgical to the forefront of the ophthalmic instrument market.

“We are thrilled that Premier has placed their confidence in our product line and look forward to a long-standing relationship”, said Marty Anthony, President of Ambler Surgical. “I believe it is a sign of the times that healthcare facilities are realizing that they don’t have to pay more for quality instruments."

In business for over 11 years, Ambler Surgical has developed one of the most comprehensive online Ophthalmic Product Catalogs available today: AmblerSurgical.com. Customers can cross-reference 1000's of catalog numbers from over 40 different ophthalmic instrument companies, view high resolution photos and even view prices with just a click of a mouse. In addition to its extensive stainless steel and titanium instrument line, Ambler also offers a full line of sterilization products, ocular and diagnostic lenses, and disposable products.

In an effort to further reduce surgical expenses, Ambler Surgical also provides competitively priced repair services for diamond knives, phaco handpieces, microsurgical instruments, cryosurgical handpieces, pulse-oximeter probes, and even vitreoretinal instruments, making it a virtual “one-stop-shop” for the Ophthalmic Operating Room.

For more information about Premier Purchasing Partners, visit www.Premierinc.com.