Contracting News

Mark Dixon to keynote at 2013 ANAE Conference
Mark Dixon, leader of The Mark Dixon Group LLC (Guilford, Conn.), will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming ANAE meeting, which will be held on July 21-23, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nev. His presentation, “Integrated Delivery Networks and Hospital Trends and Strategies: a C-Suite Perspective,” will share information related to major changes in healthcare reform, with a focus on ACOs and the implications for suppliers through these changes. For more information, visit

HealthTrust names Berryhill as COO
HealthTrust (Brentwood, Tenn.) appointed Michael Berryhill to the position of EVP and COO. Berryhill has served in the healthcare industry for 25 years, most recently as SVP of strategic sourcing for MedAssets (Alpharetta, Ga.). Prior to his employment at MedAssets, Berryhill served in several executive capacities at The Broadlane Group (Dallas, Texas) including: director, laboratory contracting services; VP, contracting services; SVP, supply chain services; and EVP, supply chain solutions. He will report to Ed Jones, HealthTrust’s president and CEO.

Council of Supply Chain Executives announces new corporate sponsors
The Council of Supply Chain Executives (Franklin, Tenn.) added five new corporate members for 2013. The companies are LINET Americas Inc (Charlotte, N.C.), Sodexo (Gaithersburg, Pa.), TRIOSE Inc (Reading, Pa.), Network Services Company (Schaumburg, Ill.), and Vendormate (Atlanta, Ga.). The Council of Supply Chain Executives is an educational services organization that provides a collaborative, productive, and structured environment where providers and suppliers can learn from each other and increase the efficiency and quality of healthcare in America.

MedAssets and Carl Meyer sponsor 6th annual 100 Holes for Our Heroes event
MedAssets announced it will host the sixth annual “100 Holes for Our Heroes” fundraising golf event to benefit Hire Heroes USA (Alpharetta, Ga.) on July 4th at Chenequa Country Club in Hartland, Wisc. This event is planned and executed by Carl Meyer and features his attempt to play 100 holes of golf in a single day. MedAssets aims to raise $60,000 for the daily operations of Hire Heroes USA and to conduct Warrior Assistance Workshops. These workshops provide comprehensive career transition training at no cost to service members. During the two-to-three-day workshops, Hire Heroes USA staff and volunteers teach wounded or disabled soldiers how to identify personal goals, formulate job search strategies, create effective resumes, and excel in job interviews. Individual supporters can pledge to give a fixed amount or per-hole amount. Those who wish to become Corporate Virtual Hole Sponsors can pledge a $2,000 tax deductible donation. To register a pledge, visit

CMS denies Pioneer ACOs’ request for pay-for-performance delay
CMS rejected requests from 32 Pioneer ACOs to delay performance-based payments until 2014, though it agreed to modify the way the benchmarks are derived. The ACOs had sent CMS a letter in February contending that 19 “flat percentage” quality measurements were not based on empirical data and put an unfair burden on providers to meet them. In refusing the payment system delay, a CMS letter stated that “Pioneer ACOs should be moving more rapidly than ACOs in the Medicare Shared Savings Program” because their potential rewards are greater and their practices can be models for other organizations.