Amerinet Member Conference

Amerinet welcomed more than 1,500 healthcare professionals to its 2013 Member Conference in Orlando, Fla., in May.
“Our Member Conference is a celebration of excellence for our members and suppliers, and also serves as the centerpiece of a shared dialogue on how we can collaborate to lead and transform healthcare in the pay-for-performance era, where cost reduction and quality improvement will be the focus,” said Todd Ebert, Amerinet president and CEO, at the conference.
The tradeshow featured nearly 800 suppliers and 300 booths. Amerinet suppliers participated in a “reverse trade show,” a session offering them the opportunity to learn more about Amerinet, with representatives from Amerinet teams, including those from contracting, marketing, sales, affiliates and regional alliance groups.

The GPO held its annual Niche/New Technology/Diversity Show at the conference, an opportunity for non-contract vendors to present innovative and diverse healthcare products and services. Over the past several years, Amerinet has contracted with a number of suppliers who participated in the show, according to the organization. Among the products and resources presented this year were:

  • Real-time predictive analytics.
  • Lead-free radiology apparel.
  • Organic products.
  • Miscellaneous electronic technology.
  • Safety products.

Plenary sessions included: “Leading in a Crisis: Tough Times Don’t Build Character…They Reveal It!” by Major Gen. Vinny Boles, USA (Ret.); and “Disney’s Approach to Inspiring Excellence.” Professional-development offerings included “Value Chain Management, Disney Style,” “Disney’s Approach to Building a Culture of Healthcare Excellence,” and “Transforming Healthcare: Five Key Strategies for Effective Implementation of a Lean Management System in Healthcare,” by Christopher J. Backous, MHA, Virginia Mason Institute.
Clinical sessions focused on patient safety and quality issues. Topics included the challenges of medication management in nuclear medicine; protecting patients, caregivers and bottom lines with bar coding; and lab requests for Vitamin D.

Supply chain sessions included:

  • “The Healthier Hospitals Initiative – Driving Sustainability in the Supply Chain,” by Gary Cohen, president and executive director, Health Care Without Harm.
  • “The Complexity of Today’s World in Healthcare,” Scott Adams, corporate vice president, Medical Distribution Solutions Inc. (publisher of the Journal of Healthcare Contracting).
  • “Leadership and Accountability – Creating and Sustaining a Culture of Excellence,” by Stephanie Baker, MBA/HCM, BSN, RN, CEN, Studer Group.

Community Impact and/or Innovation Awards, recognizing members for outstanding humanitarian achievement within the communities they serve or innovative excellence at their organizations, were awarded to:

  • Coastal Connect HIE, Wilmington, N.C. Project title: Coastal Connect Health Information Exchange.
  • Fairfield Medical Center, Lancaster, Ohio. Project title: A Community Model for Increasing Survival Following Sudden Cardiac Arrest.
  • Highlands Hospital, Connellsville, Pa. Project title: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Intervention Program for Veterans in a Rural Setting.

Financial and Operational Improvement Award, honoring the achievements of members who enhanced the bottom line, improved cash flow, maximized net patient revenue and implemented strategic operational improvements within their organizations, was awarded to:

  • Fairfield Medical Center, Lancaster, Ohio. Project title: MS-DRG: Improving Clinical Documentation to Optimize Financial Reimbursement.
  • Hospice By The Bay, Larkspur, Calif. Project title: Hospice By The Bay’s Cost Containment Project – “How to Lose a Million Dollars: A case study.”
  • St. Alexius Medical Center, Bismarck, N.D. Project title: Construction of Technology and Education Center.

Quality/Patient Care Delivery and/or Patient Satisfaction Award, recognizing members who executed quality and patient safety strategies and processes to deliver exceptional patient satisfaction, was awarded to:

  • Sun Radiology, Peoria, Ariz. Project title: Ending Alzheimer’s in this Generation – First Step – DIAGNOSIS.
  • Verde Valley Medical Center, Cottonwood, Ariz. Project title: Verde Valley Medical Center’s Whole Hospital Culture.
  • Verde Valley Medical Center, Cottonwood, Ariz. Project title: Central Line Bloodstream Infection Reduction Task Force.

Supply Chain/Data Management or Supply Cost Efficiencies Award, acknowledging members who drove value and efficiency for their organizations through expansive thinking and original techniques in supply chain and data management, was awarded to:

  • ProMedica, Maumee, Ohio. Project title: Clinical Value Analysis Pilot – ProMedica Heart and Vascular Institute.
  • The Polyclinic, Seattle, Wash. Project title: Clinical Resupply Transformation.
  • Virginia Mason Medical Center/On Behalf of the Northwest Pharmacy Council, Seattle, Wash. Project title: Negotiating a Wholesaler Prime Vendor Contract: Lessons Learned by a Diverse Member Network.

Amerinet Choice Achievement Awards
Top Members for Contract Utilization:

  • Chippewa County Montevideo Hospital, Montevideo, Minn.
  • Fairfield Medical Center, Lancaster, Ohio
  • Flagstaff Medical Center, Flagstaff, Ariz.
  • Good Samaritan Hospital, Corvallis, Ore.
  • Marietta Memorial Hospital, Marietta, Ohio.
  • McKay-Dee Hospital Center, Ogden, Utah.
  • NorthBay Healthcare, Fairfield, Calif.
  • OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Rockford, Ill.
  • Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Wash.

Amerinet Choice Achievement Awards for Member Purchase Volumes

  • $8 Million Club: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, N.Y.
  • $7 Million Club: OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria, Ill.
  • $5 Million Club: Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Wash.; St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, Syracuse, N.Y.
  • $4 Million Club: OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Rockford, Ill.
  • $3 Million Club: Community Hospital, Munster, Ind.
  • Multiple $2 Million Club and $1 Million Club members were also recognized.

Amerinet Supplier Performance Awards

  • Manufacturer Over $25 Million: Johnson & Johnson.
  • Manufacturer Under $25 Million: Sysmex.
  • Services Over $25 Million: Verizon Wireless.
  • Services Under $25 Million: Craneware Inc.
  • Distributor Over $25 Million: Cardinal Health.
  • Distributor Under $25 Million: Besse Medical.
  • Amerinet Choice Supplier: Smith & Nephew.
  • Amerinet Choice Pharmaceutical Supplier: Pfizer.
  • Supplier Diversity: Phoenix.
  • Niche/New Technology: Hemosure Inc.
  • Amerinet Supplier Growth Leaders were recognized in the 20 Percent Club, 50 Percent Club and 100 Percent Club.