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Phoebe Putney asks vendors to sign up

August 14, 2007

Albany-  Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital wants to make sure they know exactly who they're doing business. Unless businesses register with the hospital's new vendor program, they'll sever ties.

Phoebe sent letters to its more than three thousand vendors asking them to register with the hospital online. The businesses do everything from fill Phoebe's vending machines to sell medical supplies. They must now provide the hospital with company information and local contacts. The hospital says it's just another layer of protection for patients.

"We want to make sure that people are not on the terrorist watch list, that they have not been sanctioned by the OIG for medicaid, medicare fraud. We also want to make sure that just for patient safety, who's running the organization, who's roaming our halls," said Barry Crow, PPMH Compliance Officer.

Phoebe C.E.O. Joel Wernick says he doesn't think the new rules will frighten off smaller, local companies who do business with Phoebe. Wernick thinks it will give businesses a better sense of how Phoebe does business.

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