By: Michael Koory, Regional VP of Sales - Mid America

All health systems have developed and implemented internal controls designed to protect against losing money in the Procure-to-Pay Process. These include departmental controls, system controls, and process controls. 

Despite all of your investment and energy toward loss prevention and controls, Financial Leakage still occurs.  Because of these leaks, hospitals spend a great deal of time, money, and effort detecting and recovering these leaks. The entire recovery audit industry was created to be the chief detective and find lost dollars.  

Financial Leakage is revenue lost inside enterprise Procure-to-Pay automation, internal handoffs, keypunch errors, multiple entity spending, missed discounts, payment terms, lost opportunities, and staff reductions. 

The full impact of Financial Leakage is frequently missed and out of view.  Rarely is the full spectrum viewed across your health system, due to different departments using different aspects of your system controls. Usually AP cannot access the Purchasing information or the Returns module. This is where gaps can occur because of a lack of visibility where traditional approaches don’t work as well.   

The problem with this purely detective and control approach is the lost visibility into root cause analysis and the understanding of the systemic issues causing the leaks.  The reality is most businesses do not have a timely, accurate, and holistic view into their enterprise spend data and preventative measures. This void causes the enterprise to engage in a “whack-a-mole” approach to finding the leaks and yet never solving them.    

Our horizontal view across your spending ecosystem will reap significant cost recovery as well as contract compliance, benchmarking, and spend optimization opportunities.  

Once organizations can see the full picture of their Procure-to-Pay system, the outlier issues become visible for action to be taken. A clear view provides insight and understanding while the hidden seam breaks and leaks are identified and can be sealed. The visibility of the whole is a force multiplier. A typical cost recovery firm will find savings missed and outside of your system because recovery by itself is no longer enough. Only an in-depth continuous analysis will reveal your internal operations and the visibility to the whole issue. 

 

Keep an eye out in two weeks when we discuss where recovery meets visibility.