Observation Deck: Is Less More?

Two news stories from the past month caught my attention. Perhaps they offer hope for a way out of what appears to be a collision course for U.S. medicine - that is, Americans’ expectation of the healthcare system and their inability to pay for … [Read more...]

Contracting News May/June 2007

MedAssets Business Summit St. Joseph Health System received the Lifetime Financial Improvement Award from MedAssets at the GPO’s recent Healthcare Business Summit in Las Vegas. The IDN has saved $98 million over its multi-year relationship with … [Read more...]


Industry veteran Charlie Miceli has picked up the guitar again after a hiatus. Charlie Miceli has music in his roots. His step-grandfather’s brother was a trumpeter in Tommy Dorsey’s band. His step-grandfather was a drummer/roadie, drifting in and … [Read more...]

An End to Overtime

IDNs lighten workloads by using non-contracting services offered by GPOs. Perhaps one of the greatest challenges group purchasing organizations face today is educating the healthcare industry that they are not, in fact, all the same. Group … [Read more...]

Fighting for Survival

Anna Jaques Hospital came close to closing its doors. Now it’s looking at a surplus. Here’s how the hospital made a turnaround. Some might consider 123-bed Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport, Mass., to be a pretty small institution, maybe even … [Read more...]

A Federal Case

Private sector contracting professionals can learn from their federal counterparts OK, let’s get it out on the table. You’re thinking, the federal government is big, bureaucratic, slow to respond to emergencies and out of touch with the times. Its … [Read more...]

Putting Technology to the TEC

Naomi Aronson has made technology assessment a science. Medicine might be an art, but technology assessment is anything but. For Naomi Aronson and the staff at the Technology Evaluation Center of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association in … [Read more...]

Publisher’s Letter May/June 2007

The Coalition of Healthcare Coverage Earlier this month a very unique coalition was formed to call for healthcare reform and universal healthcare coverage. The group is called “The Partnership for Quality Care” (PQC) and some of its founding members … [Read more...]