December 2015


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VHA/UHC and MedAssets
The reasons behind the VHA/UHC decision to acquire the group purchasing and clinical resource management arms of MedAssets

Publisher’s Letter

The Case for Evidence
HealthTrust CMO Michael Schlosser spends eight days a week helping clinicians use evidence to make informed decisions about products and procedures

A Tradeoff to Embrace
Community Health Systems works to strike a balance between cost-savings, physician satisfaction, and service with its physician practices.

Leaving Little to Chance
IDNs try to improve their odds of hitting a winner with new technology

Supply Chain’s Expanding Role
Under the direction of Matt Pehrson, supply chain at Parallon/HCA Dallas has implemented a pharmacy distribution system. Food and nutrition services is next.

Thinking Differently
The value in recognizing and managing through complexities

Aligning Your Acute and Non-Acute Purchasing

Deadline No. 2 for unique device numbers


Full-Service Coalition
What began nearly a century ago as a local
hospital association has grown in recent years to
serve over 7,000 healthcare providers nationwide.

Letter to the editor/News
Purchased services: Not so different than PPI

The why and how of supplier diversity


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