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Is an MMIS for You? After laying a solid foundation for supply chain improvement in your ASC, it might be time to consider implementing a materials manage- ment information system (MMIS). Integrating an automated materi- als management information system into your business operations makes sense for many reasons. An MMIS integrates your purchasing, inventory, utilization and revenue cycle informa- tion to provide critical insight and the management tools necessary to get the most out of your materials man- agement function. A recent survey of ASC adminis- trators conducted by Provista revealed that more than half of the respondents’ organizations use paper records to man-

age their supply chain function, while slightly less than half reported that they use some type of management software and about 20 percent said they use a dis- tributor-provided system. For all of the reasons outlined above, managing by paper simply doesn’t add up. There is a range of options for electronic systems, including modules offered by your practice administration software suite. When evaluating a potential MMIS, one that comprehensively in- tegrates supply ordering with invento- ry management will provide your or- ganization with the most value. Make sure that the MMIS you select will function with your processes and will provide you with the ability to man- age all aspects of your supply chain beyond submitting orders or entering

items for physician preference cards. Here are six ways an MMIS can im- prove your supply chain function: 1. Simplifies the ordering process because it eliminates time-con- suming paper processes and pro- vides intuitive applications that foresee

supply thresholds and

automatically prepares reorders. Expensive stock-out situations are avoided while inventories are maintained at their most cost-pro- ductive levels.

2. Reconciles cost paid with con- tract price removing the guess- work about whether your organi- zation overpaid for supplies. An effective MMIS should produce reports with instant informa- tion on price reconciliation. In



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