February 2012 Issue

Publisher’s Letter

More than Contracts
One year after its acquisition of Broadlane, MedAssets is continuing to take a look at the big picture

When old tricks no longer work
Armed with the right experience and a healthy mindset, one supply chain leader re-engineers one of the country’s largest healthcare organizations

Contracting Professional of the Year
Laurel Junk seeks end-to-end supply chain management within Kaiser Permanente, and beyond it as well.

Contemporary Slant on Group Purchasing
Nebraska ACO signs agreement for cardiac rhythm management devices. More will follow.

From Volume to Value
What’s needed from today’s value analysis professionals

Mary Kerr: Ceramic engineer/value analyst
How one analyst users her background in ceramic engineering in measuring value for the hospital supply chain

Small group, huge benefits
For SCM Alliance, bigger isn’t necessarily better

How to Defend Against Growing Inflation

HSCA

View from Washington

Contracting News

Observation Deck