What services does PurNet’s materials management department perform on behalf of its members?

PurNet’s materials management department specializes in the ordering processes and personalized customer service.  Our members submit the products they need and the quantities that they need them in and our team completes the rest.  Our team is responsible to perform the following, but not limited to, responsibilities on behalf of our members:

 

  • Place and confirm purchase orders via phone, fax, and/or online
  • Confirm and resolve pricing issues
  • Monitor backorder products
  • Arrange for product trials
  • Research products
  • Suggest product substitutions
  • Provide inventory support
  • Update product and contract information
What services does PurNet’s contracts department perform on behalf of its members?

PurNet’s contracts department specializes in contract compliance and the contract connection process.  Our team is responsible to perform the following, but not limited to, responsibilities on behalf of our members:

 

  • • GPO affiliation under the PurNet umbrella
  • Signing of enrollment forms
  • Signing of letters of commitments and/or letters of participation
  • Ensure product contract connectivity
  • Resolve product contract connectivity situations and retrieve credits if applicable
  • Maintain GPO contracts (current and expired contracts)
What are the costs associated with using PurNet?

PurNet offers three different programs that can be tailored to the needs of the potential client.  Most programs consist of a start-up fee that covers the data collection, analysis, GPO enrollment, contract signing, and contract connection audit.  A monthly or yearly fee is also normally charged to its member to cover maintenance of contracts and/or products.

Is PurNet a GPO, vendor, distributor, or manufacturer?

PurNet is not a GPO, vendor, distributor, or manufacturer.  PurNet is an advocate for the surgery center, hospital, clinic, etc. to ensure that the client is utilizing their GPO’s contracts to their fullest potential and to assist in finding savings on products.

How does PurNet ensure that its members continue to save year after year?

PurNet strives to find innovative ways to assists its member in achieving savings on their supply cost every year that they are a member.  One way is through our utilization audit which consists of our team auditing a member’s last 12 months of purchase order history to identify contracts, tiers, and pricing.  At that time we look to find products that a member was charged incorrectly on along with signing any new contracts and/or updating expired contract information.  

Members enrolled in the Basic Med. Surg. Contract Program and Expanded Contract Program are responsible to pursue all manufacturer, vendor, and/or distributor credits.  PurNet pursues all credits on behalf of members enrolled in the Full-Service Materials Management Program.

 

Another way we find savings is through our suggested product crossover report.  PurNet audits a member’s inventory and identifies products that are equivalent in quality but cheaper in price.  PurNet then forwards the information to the member to review and approve the product substitution.  PurNet does not substitute any product without prior authorization from the member.  

Members enrolled in the Basic Med. Surg. Contract Program and Expanded Contract Program are responsible to arrange product substitutions and to switch any products.  PurNet arranges product substitutions and will work to switch any approved products substitutes on behalf of members enrolled in the Full-Service Materials Management Program.

How does PurNet achieve a client savings on their supply costs?

The primary way in which PurNet saves its clients’ money on supply costs is through its Tier Aggregation Program.  This program is where manufacturers view PurNet members as a system and therefore allows us to compile the inventory numbers in order to reach higher tier pricing above and beyond what a stand-alone center can reach.

For example, many of our clients were reaching tier 2 maybe tier 3 pricing on supplies because of their purchasing volume.  Once the client(s) became a PurNet member, they were able to participate in PurNet’s Tier Aggregation Program and therefore able to reach higher tier pricing such as tier 5 and/or tier 8 on supplies.  

Another way in which PurNet is able to save its members money on their supply costs is through our specialized contracts department.  Our contracts department audits a members purchasing history to identify all contracts that their GPO offers.  This has resulted in PurNet members having 95% contract compliance versus the industry’s average of 42%.

Does PurNet replace jobs at a facility?

No.  PurNet partners with its members because we believe in working together as a team.  PurNet simply provides the member with the support that it needs in order to be more successful in how it operates financially and structurally.

Does PurNet just offer savings on Med. Surg. products?

No.  PurNet works with various manufacturers to negotiate prices on various products.  We save members on products such as capital equipment, specialty, pharmaceutical, office supplies, cell phone plans, and etc.

Are PurNet members responsible to sign GPO contracts in the future after they enroll with PurNet?

No.  Once a member enrolls with PurNet, we will take care of managing and maintaining current and future contracts.  Members simply contact our contract department with the information and our team takes care of the rest.