Contracting News

ANAE to host conference call with Christopher O’Connor – September 30
ANAE invites members to participate in the Supply Chain Leader Learning Series call on Monday, September 30, 2013 at 1 PM EST. The session will give suppliers insight into the priorities of the IDN and will enable you to develop a more successful relationship with supply chain executives. John Pritchard, publisher of The Journal of Healthcare Contracting, will moderate a call from Christopher O’Connor, EVP of GNYHA Ventures Inc (New York, NY) who will discuss and answer questions related to the following:

  • What are your current priorities?
  • Top three service line initiatives?
  • How is your system preparing for healthcare reform?
  • What have been your most successful initiatives?
  • How does a supplier step up to the plate, and can you share any success stories?
  • How can a supplier get on contract?
  • How do you work with your RPC?
  • What advice can you give your suppliers on working successfully with your IDN?

Members, register at: www.nationalaccount
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Premier files registration statement for proposed IPO
Premier Inc (Charlotte, NC) has publicly filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) (Washington, DC) relating to a proposed initial public offering (IPO) of its Class A common stock. The number of shares to be offered and the price range for the offering have not yet been determined. JP Morgan Securities LLC, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and Wells Fargo Securities LLC will act as joint book-running managers for the offering, and Citigroup, Piper Jaffray & Co., Raymond James, and William Blair will act as co-managers.

NY to take part in CMS dual-eligible care coordination initiative
New York will join a national care coordination pilot program spearheaded by CMS (Baltimore, MD) intended to improve the care of and reduce treatment costs for dual-eligible Medicaid and Medicare recipients. Known in New York as Fully Integrated Duals Advantage, the CMS program allows participating states to either enter a three-way contract with an insurer and CMS or create a fee-for-service arrangement. A spokesman from New York State Department of Health (Albany, NY) said the state would employ the three-way contract model and that nearly 25 health plans were currently being reviewed for participation. The program will begin operations in July 2014. Only five other states, California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Ohio, and Virginia, have joined the initiative.

Cook Medical names new VP and global leader of Medical Aortic Intervention Division
Cook Medical (Bloomington, IN) named Nicky James VP and global leader of Cook’s Aortic Intervention (AI) clinical division. James will replace Phil Nowell, who will take on a new role with the company building resources and systems to further enable Cook’s growth in the AsiaPacific region. James is currently VP of global sales for Cook’s Peripheral Intervention (PI) division. She will fully assume her new role by January 2014.

Missouri Health Connection rolls-out statewide health information network
Missouri Health Connection (MHC) (Columbia, MO) announced the grand opening of its state-wide health information network with the use of InterSystems Corp (Cambridge, MA) technology. Health information can now be accessed by physicians throughout MI, neighboring states, as well as the national health information network. Physicians can access a comprehensive view of patient medical histories which assists in improving care quality, boosting patient satisfaction, and reducing healthcare costs for all Missouri patients. A key component to MHC’s success is its ability to connect with all certified EHR systems in contrast to some health information networks that limit connectivity and services by requiring the use of software from a specific vendor.

Kronick to succeed Clancy as AHRQ director
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) (Washington, DC) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius chose Richard Kronick to succeed Dr. Carolyn Clancy as director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) (Rockville, MD). Kronick is currently HHS deputy assistant secretary for planning and evaluation, where he is responsible for overseeing the office of health policy. Kronickto will assume his new role when Clancy steps down at the end of this month.

HMMC Fall Manufacturers Executive Conference announced
Healthcare Manufacturers Management Council’s (HMMC) (Savannah, GA) announced its Fall Manufacturers Executive Conference will be held at the OMNI Chicago Hotel in Chicago, Illinois, November 5 – 7, 2013. This conference is the ONLY education designed exclusively for executives of medical manufacturers! The HMMC Fall Conference will focus on “How to Create a Winning Value Proposition.” Dr. James C. Anderson, William L. Ford professor of marketing and wholesale distribution for the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, will lead a six-hour customized workshop. The opening speaker, Mark Mayfield, professional speaker and author, known as “The Corporate Comedian,” will teach attendees how to manage change. David Hargraves, VP, clinical supply chain, at UPMC (Pittsburgh, PA), as well as Bob McCart and Angie Euston from Independent Medical Co-op Inc (IMCO) (Daytona Beach, FL) will provide valuable information. Don’t miss this interesting, informative and interactive conference. Go to and register today!

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