SPOTLIGHT: Higher supply spending can make sense

Sometimes, with margins slimming and insurers ratcheting back reimbursement, it's makes complete sense to choose the cheapest supplies. In other cases, however--such as making sure patients are protected from falls by no-slip slippers--spending extra can be a much better decision. So how can a hospital evaluate which of the millions of items it may buy each month to determine where a bit more spending would make sense? VHA senior vice president Dan DeLay has some suggestions. Article