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ASCA Wants to Be Your eBay

Published: June 5, 2017

BOUGHT AND SOLD The online marketplace pairs sellers of gently used equipment, medications and other supplies with buyers looking to reap significant savings.

The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association announced yesterday the launch of an eBay-type service in which surgery centers can buy and sell excess inventory, supplies and equipment from each other.

The ASCA Asset Network is an online portal that provides a streamlined, vetted marketplace for new and refurbished equipment and ASC supplies, says ASCA.

"We thought members should have a specific place where they can go if they have spare inventory or if they're looking to buy products at reduced prices," says Steve Miller, CAE, ASCA's chief operating officer.

ASCA has partnered with Healthcare Asset Network (HAN) to launch the ASCA Asset Network. An algorithm determines the optimal negotiated price, "so there's no haggling between buyers and sellers. You just put in what you're looking for, and the site will match you with folks who are looking to sell," says Mr. Miller.

Android and iOS apps will let users quickly upload the surplus items they're ready to sell.

"When you get into some of the bigger equipment — a laser, for example — a service will certify the equipment to make sure it's in good operating shape," says Mr. Miller. "And if it's something with an expiration date, the platform will make sure that it's not expired or past its shelf life."

ASCA members pay no additional fee to join the ASCA Asset Network, according to Mr. Miller, and HAN and ASCA each receive "a very small portion" of the proceeds from each sale.

Bill Donahue

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