Observation Deck: Choices to be Made

More than 13 years after President Clinton unveiled a plan to provide universal healthcare coverage for all Americans, and just slightly less than that before the plan was torpedoed, healthcare as a matter of public policy is front and center, again. … [Read more...]

Contracting News March/April 2007

HIDA and The MAX release new GPO market report Alexandria, Va.-based Health Industry Distributors Association (HIDA), in partnership with Carlisle, Pa.-based Major Accounts Exchange (The MAX), released a new group purchasing organizations market … [Read more...]

View from Washington: The “Right” Debate

The return of health reform to the legislative agenda. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) projects that healthcare spending will double within the next 10 years, representing 20 percent of the United States’ gross domestic … [Read more...]

Getting a Handle on Freight Cost

Guidelines for developing an effective freight management program. By Nalin Kulasekara IDN contracting professionals consider negotiating the cost of products and services to be their core objective. But what about freight? How do you negotiate and … [Read more...]

Being Green

Recycling and waste management specialist seizes every opportunity to make Legacy a sustainable environment. Contracting professionals like to talk about the yearly savings they generate through tough contract negotiations, perhaps a change in … [Read more...]

Here Today, CON Tomorrow?

States may delay approval for specialty hospital construction. The development of physician-owned, limited service hospitals, or specialty hospitals, has become a hot-topic among not-for-profit healthcare providers, for-profit investors and … [Read more...]

The Building Boom’s Foundation

What is supporting the explosion of healthcare construction? By Jonathan Anschutz and Caroline Anschutz In early 2005, The Journal of Healthcare Contracting reported that hospital construction was estimated at $16 billion for the year 2004. By … [Read more...]

Safety in the Physician’s Office

Hospitals may be the focal point of most patient safety efforts, but the doctor’s office needs attention too. Of every 1,000 outpatients taking a prescription medication, 90 will seek medical attention because of a drug complication, according to … [Read more...]

The Safety Fix

Better reporting, rapid response and zero tolerance for errors make hospitals a safer place for patients. Editor’s Note: The participation of those in the following article does not constitute an endorsement of the sponsor’s products of … [Read more...]

Businessman of Group Purchasing

Premier's Mike Alkire believes IDNs can improve both financially and clinically - with the right plan. Businessman of In many ways, Mike Alkire reflects the way group purchasing organizations are evolving. His background is business- and … [Read more...]