The Healthcare Payables Process is Evolving... Are You?
The more steps a provider has in their purchase process, the more cost and burden. Purchasing cards are simpler, more secure, and help you gain more control.
Increase your hospital's operational efficiency by implementing a modern purchasing process.
Is your hospital still spending a large amount of time and resources to process small, everyday expenses such as office equipment, supplies, and travel expenses? The purchasing process in any organization can easily become bogged down by the series of well-intended checks and balances set up for each purchase.
While it is important to maintain best practices and protect your hospital from fraud, the reality is most of the purchases you make do not need to be passed through each and every step in the traditional procurement process. The use of a traditional paper check process for these everyday expenditures is rapidly declining thanks to technologically-efficient purchasing cards.
$70 Savings per transaction with a purchasing card
The more steps a provider has in their purchase process, the more the administrative costs and burden add up. A recent report from RPMG evaluating purchasing card spending in North America found that the average cost savings of a purchasing card were about $70 per transaction. For organizations still using the paper check process, it may be time to reconsider. Purchasing cards are simpler, more secure, and actually help you gain more control over the entire expense process.
Controlling expenses by putting a credit card in an employee’s hands may seem counter-intuitive, but it works. Your hospital's leadership team can:
- Set approved user spending amounts
- Review and approve monthly spending
- Integrate expenses into the general ledger
- Enhance security with virtual card numbers
In addition, the report showed that cards shortened the business’s procurement cycle time by about eight days. In today’s modern healthcare landscape, savings such as these have a big impact on the bottom line. Finally, credit cards offer a certain amount of protection on purchases, including fraud liability protection. A stolen credit card can be replaced, but stolen cash is gone forever.
A commercial credit card such as the City National Bank Visa® purchasing card can be used at millions of merchants worldwide, including business supply stores, online merchants, restaurants, airlines, hotels, and more. It can be used to purchase both goods and services and is more convenient than writing checks and safer than carrying cash.
Simplify the Procurement Process
Reduce Procurement Costs
Using paper checks to make payments uses unnecessary time, money and paper that can be reallocated to other tasks. There is a more cost-effective way to pay by implementing a commercial card program.