ST. LOUIS (PRWEB) March 19, 2018
Intalere, the healthcare industry leader in delivering optimal cost, quality and clinical outcomes, today announced that it will team with Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, a national law firm with more than 600 lawyers across 12 offices, to provide nutrition contract audit and analysis service as part of Intalere’s Nutrition Consulting Solutions.
“Purchased services make up roughly 40 percent of the average health system’s supply chain costs. However, when it comes time to managing contractors, including foodservice, many healthcare facilities fall into the habit of allowing their agreement to roll over year after year without any type of competitive bid or meaningful review that could identify areas for improvement,” said Peter Cayan, R.D., vice president, supply chain and nutrition consulting. “Our service helps to optimize your contracted foodservice management agreement through a review of your current contractor costs compared to national benchmarks, a legal review of the terms and conditions of the agreement, and strategic direction to ensure your needs and expectations are fully met.”
Drinker Biddle’s healthcare team has several attorneys with significant experience negotiating foodservice and other types of outsourcing contracts for healthcare clients. As part of the nutrition contract audit and analysis service, Drinker Biddle will perform a market-focused review of a client’s current business and legal foodservice management contract terms to determine where those terms stand compared to the market. Drinker Biddle will also examine invoices to confirm that a client’s current foodservice management contractor is billing in accordance with the terms of the client’s current agreement. At the conclusion of the audit and analysis, Drinker Biddle will provide each client with a formalized report that includes recommendations on ways to optimize the business and legal terms in the client’s current foodservice management agreement.
In addition to the benchmarking and cost reduction benefits, the audit process also assists facilities in aligning foodservice management operational performance objectives as well as patient satisfaction, quality and other key performance indicators.
Cayan explained that providers can use the results to renegotiate existing foodservice management agreements with their current contractors even before they are up for renewal or create a request for proposal (RFP).
The addition of Drinker Biddle is an integral part of Intalere’s Nutrition Consulting Solutions team engagement. Intalere’s Consulting Services team will facilitate a peer-to-peer assessment in your organization in the following six food system areas:
- Organization and staffing.
- Contract audit and analysis.
- Financial reporting, resource utilization and controls.
- Retail and patient foodservices.
- Safety and sanitation.
- Clinical nutrition services.
Intalere’s mission focuses on elevating the operational health of America’s healthcare providers by designing tailored, smart solutions that deliver optimal cost, quality and clinical outcomes. We strive to be the essential partner for operational excellence in healthcare through customized solutions that address customers’ individual needs. We assist our customers in managing their entire spend, providing innovative technologies, products and services, and leveraging the best practices of a provider-led model. As Intalere draws on the power of our owner Intermountain Healthcare’s nationally-recognized supply chain expertise and leadership in technology, process improvement, and evidence-based clinical and business best practices, we are uniquely positioned to be the innovation leader in the healthcare industry. Visit http://www.intalere.com to learn more.
About Drinker Biddle & Reath
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP is a national law firm with more than 600 lawyers. The firm provides client service in corporate and securities, litigation, government and regulatory affairs, health care, products liability, corporate restructuring, investment management, labor and employment, insurance litigation, intellectual property, employee benefits and executive compensation, environment and energy, white collar defense and corporate investigations, trusts and estates, and real estate. For more information, visit http://www.DrinkerBiddle.com.