Taking the Preference Out of Physician Preference


The key challenges surrounding physician preferences include the lack of clarity around choices, the need for physician engagement and alignment, and creating long-term strategies instead of one-time wins.


“Taking the Preference Out of Physician Preference” will focus on winning strategies for reducing the overall cost of physician preference items. Key topics will be:

I. What are physician preference items (PPI) and why should we focus on reducing their costs?

II. Methods of reducing the cost of PPI

III. Implementing a strategy

a. Creating a culture of transparency and accountability

b. Physician alignment

c. Leveraging data

d. Negotiation strategies

IV. Making the changes stick


Amanda Frith is the senior director of supply chain field support for Surgical Care Affiliates. She earned an MBA in Management Information Systems from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and serves on the Board of Directors for the Jefferson-Shelby Red Cross. She has more than 10 years of supply chain leadership experience in the health care, technology and banking industries. Prior to joining SCA, she served as vice president of supply chain for BBVA Compass Bank.

Frith specializes in supply chain leadership, focusing primarily on identifying local ASC opportunities for savings, combined with development of new technology platforms to support those strategies.


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