Texas Healthcare Linen (THL) is a 48,000 square foot commercial laundry facility located in Abilene, Texas. Created through a collaboration between three hospitals (all TPC Members!), the facility provides laundry and linen services for its partnership of owners, Hendrick Health System, Midland Memorial Hospital, and Medical Center Health System, along with many other hospitals and healthcare facilities in the region. THL has become an example of a successful consolidated service that has lowered costs and set the standard for commercial healthcare laundry services throughout the region.
In 2018, TPC continued to drive industry-leading results by delivering more than $50 million in total tangible value back to its Members. Through the TPC platform, Members collaborated in targeted areas to achieve exponentially more together than they could alone within supply chain, purchased services and revenue cycle. And by utilizing the processes and programs that have been proven to lower costs, Members not only improved their bottom lines, but also the patient care they deliver to their communities.
Maintaining financial stability is critical for healthcare organizations. The key to protecting bottom lines is ensuring the relationships with the hospital’s group purchasing organizations (GPOs) are both healthy and beneficial. While the purpose of the GPO is securing the best possible product value for hospital members, there is often room for improvement. With an average of 72% of hospital purchases being made via GPO contracts, there is a tremendous opportunity for significant cost savings by taking a closer look at these relationships.
In today’s healthcare climate it’s becoming more challenging for hospitals to remain financially viable. This is especially true for stand-alone, independent hospitals. According to Moody’s researchers, median operating cash-flow margins of 160 surveyed hospital systems dropped from 9.5% in 2016 to 8.1% in 2017. What’s causing the decrease in profitability? Higher labor and supply costs, higher drug costs, and lower reimbursement from commercial and government payers. If you’re a small hospital with a tight budget, then you’ve probably entertained the idea of consolidating with a larger system with hopes of controlling costs and growing margins. But the data suggests that both financially and in terms of patient care, consolidation might not be the ideal solution.