Contracting News

ANAE to Host Supply Chain Leader Panel at AHRMM Conference in July
The Association of National Account Executives (ANAE) will host a 90-minute panel on July 29, 2013 in San Diego, California at 10:00 am in the Aqua 308 room at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel. This event will give ANAE members and non-members the opportunity to hear from three supply chain leaders as they discuss the challenges of managing supply chain in an era of reform.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • GPO Contracting
  • Self-Contracting
  • Regional Aggregation
  • Distribution Strategy (Self vs. Prime Vendor)
  • Contracting for better outcomes, not just lower costs
  • Characteristics of best in class suppliers


  • Cecile Hozouri
    Senior Director, Supply Chain Management
    Scripps Health (San Diego, CA)
  • Ken Haworth, CMRP
    Director, System Supply Chain
    Sharp Healthcare (San Diego, CA)
  • Brent Petty, CMRP
    System Vice President, Supply Chain
    Wellmont Health System (Kingsport, TN)

For more information and to register, visit

Lewistown Hospital signs merger agreement with Geisinger Health
Lewistown Hospital (Lewistown, PA) reached a final merger agreement with Geisinger Health System (Danville, PA) following months of negotiations. The agreement guarantees that Geisinger will keep Lewistown Hospital open, keep the school of nursing open, provide employee and physician security, accept popular insurance, and develop capital gain. Geisinger Health System’s board and Lewistown Hospital C orporate Members will vote on the merger, which will then be submitted to the Attorney General and FTC. The companies plan to finalize the merger on September 30, 2013.

Four major IDNs form Data Alliance Collaborative with IBM, Premier
Premier Inc (Charlotte, NC) announced that four major IDNs and IBM Corp (Armonk, NY) have joined in a new Premier data analytics venture called the Premier Data Alliance Collaborative (Charlotte, NC). Carolinas HealthCare System (Charlotte, NC), Catholic Health Partners (Cincinnati, OH), Fairview Health Services (Minneapolis, MN), and Texas Health Resources (Arlington, TX) each already have in operation their own data warehouses based on IBM’s data model and technology, set up with consultation from Premier. They will initially deploy analytics on their own data sets, seeking to target medication noncompliance and preventable hospital readmissions in order to reduce costs and improve quality of care. Later the IDNs will collaborate with each other and Premier experts on benchmarking using larger, shared and normalized data sets. The IDNs have EHR systems from Cerner Corp (Kansas City, MO) and Epic Systems Corp (Verona, WI), and ambulatory EHRs from Allscripts Healthcare Solutions (Libertyville, IL), athenahealth Inc (Waltham, MA), eClinical Works (Westborough, MA), and NextGen Healthcare Information Systems (Horsham, PA).