Houston, TX -- (SBWIRE) -- 01/26/2016 -- When medical facilities compare healthcare laundry providers in order to choose the best one, an aspect they don't always consider is how confusing billing methods can be in this industry. In terms of cost-efficiency, being aware of what hidden fees can lurk in a medical facility's laundry bill will help the facility save money without bargaining for quality. That's why ImageFIRST Houston is happy to share some of the insights they have gathered during almost fifty years in the healthcare laundry business.
For example, a term often used to hide extra fees is the "minimum inventory weekly charge". To explain what that means, it's first important to know that the total circulating inventory is the amount of product the medical facility has been estimated to use any given week, times two. That's because if a facility is estimated to use, for example, one hundred sheets a week, the total circulating inventory for many healthcare laundry providers is counted to be two hundred, because while one hundred sheets are at the facility, the other hundred are being washed. The minimum inventory weekly charge comes in automatically if a facility during any given week uses less than forty-five percent of their total circulating inventory. The facility will get billed for the forty-five percent regardless of much less they actually used. In the long run, this can jack up the price per sheet and overall expenses noticeably.
On top of the minimum inventory weekly charge, many companies use what is known as the "delayed exchange delivery system". In practice, it means that the laundry they pick up this week will be the amount of clean laundry the facility receives back the following week. There are no calculations to ensure items are not lost, which easily leads to the gradual lowering of inventory levels. In addition, the on-site inventory is always fluctuating; so, if a low usage week is followed by a high usage week, there will not be enough of the products available. That will, in turn, require a request for more products, which will increase the total circulating inventory and the minimum inventory weekly charges. Naturally, all of this drives up costs.
ImageFIRST Houston, a leading provider of healthcare laundry products from scrubs and patient gowns to linen and nurses' uniforms in Houston, TX, is proud to announce their commitment to having no hidden fees in their billing. That means no minimum inventory weekly charge, auto replacement, budget protection or other hidden fees. ImageFIRST also guarantees that a facility that needs one hundred sheets on hand will always have that amount of high-quality sheets in their inventory, and the facility's own Customer Advocate is personally responsible for making sure that the inventory stays at the needs-based level.
Anyone interested in more information should check out the ImageFIRST video on the subject, and those interested in more information on ImageFIRST Houston's healthcare laundry products that range from linen to medical uniforms scrubs in Houston, TX, is welcome to either visit the company's website or to contact them directly by calling 1-800-932-7472.
Founded in 1967, ImageFIRST is the largest and fastest growing national linen rental and laundry service specializing in the outpatient medical market. ImageFIRST's 36 locations nationwide serve over 5,500 medical offices every week, providing linen, patient gowns, scrubs and much more while partnering with facilities to better manage linen inventory. With a customer retention rate of over 95%, ImageFIRST is dedicated to improving patient satisfaction through quality linens and remarkable service: their Comfort Care gowns product line increases patients' favorable perception of a facility by more than 50%.
For more information about ImageFIRST Houston, the cost-effective solution for greater patient satisfaction, please visit http://houston.imagefirst.com/.