Contracting News November/December 2008

BlackTie Medical introduces HandOff
Detroit, Mich.-based BlackTie Medical introduced a new service, called HandOffTM, that automates bill-only transactions across the healthcare supply chain. The Web-based solution targets hospital supply purchases that do not go through the usual standard purchasing process and are not represented in the Materials Management System’s Item File. These purchases are usually high-priced items that are ordered for specific cases, and at the hospital’s request, are not delivered until the time of service; therefore, the process cannot be effectively monitored by the typical MMIS. The HandOff application follows an automated process that encompasses physician/procedure documentation, contract price look up, approvals, automatic requisition submission and forwarding the purchase order to the vendor. It also offers complete contract price list digitization to ensure pricing accuracy, integrated intelligence to capture capitation and other case-specific discounts, automatic implant documentation, customizable approval routing, auditable transaction controls, dashboard graphics, joint transaction visibility with vendor representatives and predesigned plug-ins for requisition interfaces with the hospital’s MMIS. BlackTie’s HandOff application is HIPAA compliant and is available to hospitals through a monthly subscription.

UHC appoints Groenewold as VP for supply chain
Oakbrook, Ill.-based UHC (University HealthSystem Consortium) appointed Jacob J Groenewold as VP for supply chain. Groenewold will oversee the strategic direction of the company’s supply chain services and collaborate with Novation LLC (Irving, Texas), UHC’s contracting services company. He formerly served at Consorta Inc. (Schaumburg, Ill.) as VP of supply chain/member services since 2002.

Hire Heroes launches recruitment portal for veterans, employers
Hire Heroes USA launched its new Partner Portal, a virtual recruitment facilitation tool, enabling corporate partners to search and review the resumes of veterans seeking employment opportunities. The portal provides hiring companies access to hundreds of veteran resumes, generating visibility of the expertise, aptitude and experience of these uniquely qualified and truly deserving men and women. Accessible by protected user ID and password, the portal’s downloadable resumes are searchable by qualifiers such as geographic location, relocation preference and key words pertaining to skill set and profession. For more information, contact Sara Trask, manager of corporate relations at

Broadlane sponsoring leadership summit
Broadlane is sponsoring The World Health Care Congress 3rd Annual Leadership Summit on Healthcare Supply Chain Management and RFID in Healthcare, scheduled for Jan. 20-22, 2009, at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The leadership summit will unite over 300 of the industry’s supply chain, procurement, logistics, finance and IT executives to present best practices in technology implementation and process improvement utilization for increased efficiency and cost control in the healthcare.

Speakers will discuss innovative solutions such as accelerating financial returns, containing costs and controlling waste and implementing integrated IT systems. Industry-specific breakout sessions and workshops will be offered, during which healthcare executives will address supply chain management topics, such as facilitating stronger alignment between supply chain executives and the C-Suite. For more information, visit the Web site at

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