Premier Healthcare Alliance Experts to Discuss Healthcare Reform Legislation, ACOs, Patient Safety and Quality Improvement

CHARLOTTE, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Leaders from the Premier healthcare alliance will speak across the country in May discussing healthcare reform legislation, accountable care organizations (ACOs), patient safety, green initiatives, and how to improve quality while safely reducing associated costs.

Premier President and CEO Susan DeVore will be a keynote speaker at the Yankee Alliance 23rd Annual Meeting and Reunion in Manchester, Vt., on May 5. She will discuss issues that healthcare leaders must be prepared to address as a part of reform and suggest strategies to support those efforts. Blair Childs, Premier senior vice president of Public Affairs, will also speak at the meeting to give an update on reform and what legislative policy changes are being debated and enacted that affect the healthcare industry.

On May 18 in Charlotte, N.C., DeVore will discuss the implications of health reform specific to both acute and non-acute care providers at the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce Healthcare Reform Summit. On the same day, DeVore will speak to local business leaders at the Business Leaders of Charlotte Tuesday Topics meeting about how better healthcare quality can lead to lower costs and an improved healthcare system.

Childs will speak at the World Health Congress Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Summit on May 25 in Washington, D.C. He will discuss the key concepts for an ACO model, why they are needed, and the ways in which the model can improve clinical quality, patient satisfaction and cost containment to create a sustainable future for healthcare systems.

Additionally, on May 11, Childs will discuss healthcare reform specific to small and/or rural hospitals and long-term care facilities at an Alliant Purchasing meeting in Louisville, Ky.

On May 19, Richard Bankowitz, MD, MBA, FACP, Premier enterprise-wide chief medical officer, will speak at the 2010 National Patient Safety Foundation Patient Safety Congress in Orlando, Fla., about features of health legislation related to quality and payment reform. He will discuss the results of Premier’s QUEST®: High Performing Hospitals nationwide collaborative addressing broad metrics of quality, as well as lessons learned from collaboratives that are essential for quality and cost improvement.

Gina Pugliese, RN, MS, vice president of the Premier Safety Institute®, will speak at the CleanMed Environmental Purchasing Roundtable on May 12 in Baltimore. She will discuss the challenges of identifying the environmental attributes of products and Premier’s green priorities for 2010. Premier recently joined a green certified electronics recycling initiative to further its corporate commitment to social responsibility.

Premier Vice President of Integrated Product Management and Marketing Randy Thomas will participate in a panel discussion on healthcare quality at the Microsoft Connected Health Conference in Bellevue, Wash. on May 19.

On May 25, Jan Englert, RN, Premier QUEST director of Client Services, will speak at a Jefferson School of Population Health Healthcare Informatics class in Philadelphia on outcomes analysis, performance management and benchmarking methods.

About the Premier healthcare alliance, 2006 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient

Premier is a performance improvement alliance of more than 2,300 U.S. hospitals and 66,000-plus other healthcare sites working together to improve healthcare quality and affordability. Owned by not-for-profit hospitals, 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. www.premierinc.com



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