February 2010 Issue

Publisher’s Letter

Brent Petty: Willing to walk a mile in a physician’s shoes
He is recognized for his work with the medical staff on technology, utilization and cost control

Supply Chain Stress Test
Information systems are key to helping one hospital develop a stress test to successfully monitor it’s supply chain operations

Is One the Loneliest Number?
Does the industry need one numbering system for products and providers, or are we OK the way we are?

Diagnostics Turned Upside Down
New recommendations question old assumptions about diagnostic screening, and stir up a political hornet’s nest.

Texas Purchasing Coalition Leaves VHA

Quiet Giant
Derwood Dunbar is retiring after a career of bridge-building and helping people be better than they were before

Passing it On
Jim Smoker hopes to give back a little to the profession that enriched his life while in retirement

View from Washington

HIGPA column

Contracting News

Observation Deck

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