Content is king – networking, too – at the Healthcare Supply Chain Expo

The annual Healthcare Supply Chain Expo, taking place Oct. 21-23 at the JW Marriott in Washington, DC, will bring together healthcare stakeholders to explore the myriad business and healthcare public policy issues critical to supply chain success. Co-hosted by the Healthcare Supply Chain Association and the Healthcare Industry Supply Chain Institute, the Expo will feature panels and contributions from GPO executives and members, medical device manufacturers, pharmaceutical suppliers and distributors, healthcare policy experts, and leading healthcare journalists.

NBC Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd will kick off the proceedings as the opening keynote speaker and give his perspective on the inner workings of the Obama administration and the changing Washington, DC, political landscape. Tom Scully, the former administrator for the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and a veteran hospital and healthcare executive, will deliver a lunch keynote and provide an overview of the exponential changes now occurring in healthcare.

Expo attendees will explore ways to enhance GPO-supplier relationships, strategies to combat the drug shortage crisis with representatives from the FDA, and much more. Panel discussions will tackle the state of the supply chain and GPO industry, the leadership role that GPOs have taken on transparency in the supply chain, efforts to green the supply chain, and the ways in which GPOs continue to open the door to innovative technologies that improve patient outcomes and reduce healthcare costs.

Still confused about ACOs? Journal of Healthcare Contracting Publisher John Pritchard will moderate a panel discussion that will take a deeper dive into ACOs and discuss what’s next for systems that have chosen to implement the innovative design model. Panelists will also discuss why systems have chosen to move to the ACO model, challenges they have encountered, and how ACOs are working effectively with suppliers.

The employer mandate has been officially delayed, but what’s next for the Affordable Care Act? Former Congressman Jason Altmire (D-Pa.) will provide insight as a former hospital executive, politician and now senior vice president of public policy for Florida Blue.

The Expo will also feature our signature “reverse trade show.” Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet and network with representatives from the U.S.-China Economic Development and Trade Council, who will attend as representatives of the global healthcare supply chain.

Additional Expo sessions will include “Building Connections: Enhancing the GPO/Supplier Relationship”; “Partnering with IDNs for Efficiency and Innovation”; “GS1 Standards: Shaping the Healthcare Supply Chain”; “The State of the Industry: Perspectives from GPO Executives”; “Healthcare Supply Chain Analytics: Strategies for Success”; “Supply Chain Snap Shot”; and “An Insider’s Look at Mergers and Acquisitions within Healthcare.”

The 2013 Expo Steering Committee is made up of some of the healthcare supply chain industry’s most recognizable business leaders, who have worked hard to ensure that this year’s event exceeds your expectations. This means top-flight speakers, presentations and networking opportunities.

If “content is king” and networking is critical to your business, the 2013 Expo is the conference for you.

Curtis Rooney About Curtis Rooney

Curtis Rooney is president of the Healthcare Supply Chain Association, www.supplychainassociation.org

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