Disposable supplies

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Disposable supplies

Postby Schaddparrish » Thu Jun 25, 2015 7:44 pm

Hi everyone. We are currently trying to switch over to all disposables at our hospital-based lab in TX. We are wanting to see about bundling everything, the wires, the oximeter, thermister, the mask, etc. I was just hoping to get input on how other labs have done this. The idea that's been brought up in multiple meetings is that the "kit" will be bundled and billed to the insurance company for each patient. Anyone else have experience with this?
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Re: Disposable supplies

Postby somnonaut » Thu Jun 25, 2015 8:17 pm

A bundled product is good when you are certain each patient has the exact same needs. In actuality, trying to streamline this as you describe tends to push the usage of cheaper and more generic items into the mix.

Have you considered just having a sheet of items available (different types, difference sizes,etc) and the tech checks off which items they used. There are costs associated with different sized sensors (peds versus adults.)

Just wondering why you are looking to have everything (soup to nuts) included (eg. Mask) when different masks could bear different prices?
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Re: Disposable supplies

Postby respbarb » Thu Jun 25, 2015 8:44 pm

Schaddparrish wrote:Hi everyone. We are currently trying to switch over to all disposables at our hospital-based lab in TX. We are wanting to see about bundling everything, the wires, the oximeter, thermister, the mask, etc. I was just hoping to get input on how other labs have done this. The idea that's been brought up in multiple meetings is that the "kit" will be bundled and billed to the insurance company for each patient. Anyone else have experience with this?

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Can you bill the insurance company for supplies? isn't the cost of supplies covered in the procedure charge?
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Re: Disposable supplies

Postby Schaddparrish » Thu Jul 02, 2015 7:42 pm

Sorry for the delay. We are in the early stages of this plan. The reason we are having to do all of this is because we are constantly having issues with our disinfecting procedures. At this point, we have two options 1. Some pretty significant construction on our lab 2. Disposable everything. After speaking to multiple vendors about a bundled package, they have said that they have had several requests like this lately. As for charging patient's insurance for this "kit," we met with the department that gets that set up and it would be similar to the way that they do it in wound care here at our hospital.
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Re: Disposable supplies

Postby tudorman » Fri Jul 03, 2015 5:29 am

What will you do about CPAP humidifiers?
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Re: Disposable supplies

Postby KrispyK » Wed Nov 25, 2015 10:45 am

"What will you do about CPAP humidifiers?"
V Good question...........anyone?
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Re: Disposable supplies

Postby Nectarologist » Fri Jan 15, 2016 7:40 pm

You can charge what you like but insurance will pay based on procedure. Use one mask same price, use 10 same price. That being said I like disposable tape measures, single scrub containers (NuPrep stuff). For the face I use Ambu sensors (eyes, chin, M1/2), cannula of course, the eeg electrodes are VERY expensive at about $1 each and not worth it IMO since the gold cup performs better and is the AASM standard.
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Re: Disposable supplies

Postby somnonaut » Sat Jan 16, 2016 4:44 pm

Nectarologist? What is the derivation of that name?

Those single use scrub cups I find have wayyy too much product in them. It is MUCH more cost effective to just buy a sleeve of paper medicine cups and squeeze a small amount of favorite scrub in and then dispose of when finished. This paper cup solution is are not only more economical, but also more environmentally friendly than those single use plastic scrub cups.
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Re: Disposable supplies

Postby TexasSleepguy » Sat Feb 06, 2016 8:27 am

KrispyK wrote:"What will you do about CPAP humidifiers?"
V Good question...........anyone?

This maybe a little late but, we use a Respironics CPAP and have disposable reservoir inserts.
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