FINDING A PARTNER TO IMPROVE PROFITABILITY
One of Gillum’s first orders of business was to seek potential savings. He reached out to five GPOs, asking for a cost analysis on contracts. At the end of a lengthy process, a clear winner emerged.
“Provista made the best impression and had the best price,” says Gillum, who became executive director in March 2017 of Infusion Solutions, which serves Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia. “The private label Novaplus® was a key point for us. Provista had the best promise of value, and in practice, it worked out. Our supply chain issues decreased, and so did our worries.”
Most of the company’s business focuses on about 20 drugs. Having the Novaplus version of branded drugs directly improves profitability. For example, the branded version of Daptomycin, an injectable antibiotic that fights bacteria in the body, is very expensive. Gillum noted that it was his biggest expense, even more than payroll. When the Novaplus version became available, it delivered immediate and dramatic savings.
ELEVATED SERVICE MATCHES INFUSION SOLUTIONS' APPROACH
Customer service is a differentiator for Infusion Solutions. Unlike its competitors, it does not use couriers to deliver home infusion supplies to customers. “Our personal service makes us unique,” Gillum points out. “Other companies can compete with us on price, but they can’t compete with us on customer service. We are the service leader in every market that we operate in.”
As a service leader, Infusion Solutions requires a supply chain partner that also values exceptional service. That’s why it’s working with Provista on its new offering—enteral feedings. Provista helped select the best contracts and products for the liquid food mixture.
“We’ve been asked many times about offering enteral feedings, and we’re seeing a demand for it. We were losing referrals by not offering it,” Gillum says. “We anticipate very quickly gaining 100 new patients, which is about a 10% to 15% growth overnight, by offering this service. Kirstin Watts, our Provista rep, made the process of entering this market easier by providing clinical and expert advice. I view Kirstin as a member of our staff.”