Premier Healthcare Alliance to Address Integrated Care, Reform and Supply Chain Innovation During September Events

CHARLOTTE, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Premier healthcare alliance experts will speak around the country addressing integrated care, reform and supply chain innovation in September.

Blair Childs, Premier senior vice president of public affairs, will give an update on healthcare reform during the Performance Work Group Joint Board Educational Conference in Greensboro, N.C., on September 30. Premier alliance organizations are preparing for reform provisions, including accountable care and value-based purchasing, through data analytics and collaboratives such as PACT™ (Premier’s Partnership for Care Transformation) and QUEST®: High Performing Hospitals.

On September 22, Dave Edwards, vice president of Premier supplier relations and contract uptake, will speak during a joint meeting with HFMA’s South Dakota chapter and the State Hospital Association in Rapid City, S.D. He will discuss the need for supply chain innovation and changes to care delivery; current market developments and trends such as comparative effectiveness; and reform, including the move toward integrated care.

Edwards will also discuss the impact of reform on provider systems at the Fujifilm Kickoff for New Strategic Accounts Initiative in Stamford, Conn. on September 13. He will explain how Premier members are preparing to meet the challenges of accountable and integrated care delivery; how purchasing organizations provide support; and what healthcare providers can do to ensure success.

Also on that day, Premier Vice Presidents of Engagement and Delivery Joe Damore and Brent Hardaway will participate in a HIMSS webinar on accountable care. They will discuss best practices gleaned from 100 different healthcare systems that participated in a Premier accountable care readiness assessment. The session will provide attendees with six additional populations to target beyond Medicare, case studies and examples of improved outcomes with reduced costs.

Additionally on September 13, Carol Davis-Smith, Premier director of performance partners, will speak at the Fall IDN Summit in Phoenix. She will explain how to develop and implement a strategic capital acquisition plan for process improvements. Premier members are leveraging a methodology to assess and prioritize near- and long-term technology needs through a unique planning tool. She will present the methodology along with an alliance member case study.

Leslie Schultz, PhD, Premier senior director of QUEST and knowledge transfer, will discuss the implications of reform for providers and how to prepare during a meeting at the HFMA Maine chapter on September 16.

On September 14, Jan Englert, RN, Premier director of QUEST and client services, will discuss how best practices in areas such as innovation, leadership and employee engagement improve performance at the Baldrige Regional Conference in Kansas City. Premier was recognized as Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient in 2006.

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

Premier is a performance improvement alliance of more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals and 76,000-plus other healthcare sites using the power of collaboration to lead the transformation to 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 has worked 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 an office in Washington. http://www.premierinc.com. Stay connected with Premier on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.



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