Publisher’s Letter November/December 2005

And Now on to 2006 …

It’s time to say goodbye to 2005 and hello to 2006. Time flies, doesn’t it? It seems like just yesterday we were planning for 2005. Looking forward to 2006, I see many indications that there’ll be no shortage of interesting topics and events to cover.

At the top of the questions we hope to bring some clarity to in 2006 include;

  • What are the best practices for contracting for capital equipment?
  • What is the difference between distributors?
  • What is the difference between GPOs?
  • Is gain-sharing a viable opportunity for hospitals and IDNs?
  • Are alternate care sites finding success in the contracting arena?
  • What is the state of nationwide contracting?
  • What are the best practices for contracting for services?

I think exploring these questions will make great feature stories in 2006. In addition to these topics, we’ll again have great focus on the people of our market.

In these first two years of publications, the most rewarding part of publishing The Journal of Healthcare Contracting has been getting to the know great leaders in our market. I always learn so much from the people featured in the Executive Interview each issue and in the annual feature, ÒThe 10 People to Watch.Ó This year ÒThe 10 People to WatchÓ will appear in the July/August issue, so please start thinking of your nominations; it’s never to early to send them.

I’m also excited to announce that we’ll be starting The Healthcare Contracting Hall of Fame in 2006. With so many quality people dedicating their career to our industry, we are proud to be bringing you the first-ever inductee(s) to The Hall of Fame in the May/June issue. In our first issue of 2006, we’ll start calling for nominations.

Thank you for reading The Journal of Healthcare Contracting in 2005. I wish all of you the happiest of holidays and the best of luck in 2006.

About the Author

John Pritchard
John Pritchard is the publisher of The Journal of Healthcare Contracting.
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