Healthcare Reform, ACOs, Revenue Cycle: Topics Premier Healthcare Alliance Experts Will Discuss in October

CHARLOTTE, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Premier healthcare alliance experts will speak around the country in October discussing healthcare reform, accountable care organizations (ACOs), patient safety and revenue cycle management.

On October 25, Premier’s President and CEO Susan DeVore and Senior Vice President of Public Affairs Blair Childs, will speak at the Integrated Healthcare Association ACO Congress in Los Angeles. They will discuss how members of the alliance are driving performance improvement in Premier’s new ACO collaboratives. Collaborative members AtlantiCare of Egg Harbor Township, N.J.; Fairview Health Services of Minneapolis; and Hoag of Newport Beach, Calif., will also be speakers during the meeting. More than 70 hospitals are now participating in the collaboratives to improve care coordination, efficiency, quality and patient satisfaction while lowering costs.

Childs will also speak at the California Association of Healthcare Purchasing Materials Management annual conference on October 13 in Pismo Beach, Calif. He will discuss the drivers behind healthcare reform, key elements impacting hospitals and what hospitals should be doing to prepare.

Additionally, on October 8, Childs discussed ACOs at the Ellis Medicine American College of Healthcare Executives/Healthcare Financial Management Association meeting in Verona, N.Y. And on October 9, at Lakeview Medical Center’s Annual Board Retreat in Superior, Wis., Childs covered reform and the future of healthcare.

Premier Purchasing Partners President Mike Alkire; Vice President of Contract Management Amy Denny; and Vice President of Supply Chain Operations Durral Gilbert will discuss Premier’s recent Economic Outlook analysis on October 28 during a free Premier Advisor Live® webinar from 2-3 p.m. ET. The semiannual analysis provides Premier's more than 2,400 not-for-profit hospitals a 12-month outlook into industry trends that impact supply chain and operational costs. To register, visit

Premier Safety Institute® Vice President Gina Pugliese, RN, MS, will discuss how to develop a culture of safety at the Alliant Clinical Conference and Customer Business Meeting on October 14 in Louisville, Ky.

Marlowe Dazley, Premier vice president of client engagement and delivery, and Todd Halpin, principal of client engagement and delivery with Premier Consulting Solutions™, will discuss strategies to optimize revenue cycle management during a free joint webinar with the Healthcare Financial Management Association Florida chapter and Premier on October 19 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. To register, visit

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Premier is a performance improvement alliance of more than 2,400 U.S. hospitals and 70,000-plus other healthcare sites working together to achieve high quality, cost-effective care. Owned by hospitals, health systems and other providers, Premier maintains the nation's most comprehensive repository of clinical, financial and outcomes information and operates a leading healthcare purchasing network. A world leader in helping deliver measurable improvements in care, Premier works with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the United Kingdom's National Health Service North West to improve hospital performance. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier also has offices in San Diego, Philadelphia and Washington.


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