Section 442.17 - Inventories

442.17 Inventories. (1370) (a) Inventories reflect the cost of unused hospital supplies. Any generally accepted cost method (e.g., FIFO, LIFO, Average, etc.) may be used as long as it is consistent with that of the preceding accounting period. Cost of inventories based on the last invoice price is not an acceptable method for determining such cost.

(b) Inventory accounting record systems are required, consistent with the method of the inventory valuation employed. Perpetual inventory records are recommended but not required. Physical valuations must be made at least once a year and the accounting records, if applicable, adjusted to such valuations.

(c) Inventory usage records are required to be maintained for all inventories that are distributed and used by more than one cost center in the hospital. It is recommended that a formal requisition system be used for this purpose. In all cases, the cost of non-billable supplies used during the period must be distributed to the user cost centers, preferably on a monthly basis.
 

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