February 10, 2010 16:04 ET

VHA Hosts Supplier Summit to Accelerate Cost Reduction Efforts for Hospitals and Non-Acute Facilities

IRVING, TX--(Marketwire - February 10, 2010) - VHA Inc., the national health care network, will host its annual health care supplier summit designed to develop new strategies to drive costs out of the health care system. Combining a workshop type atmosphere with an educational forum, VHA collaborates with industry suppliers that specialize in the purchased services (telecommunications, outsourced food programs, electronic medical records, nurse staffing etc.) and non-acute markets. Working together, these organizations develop innovative solutions to help VHA members reduce costs, increase cash flow and improve efficiencies within a wide range of facilities from large integrated delivery network systems to rural health care providers. 

Because of the growing importance of purchased services and the impact that non-acute providers have in the health care market, this conference attracts representatives from more than 200 supplier organizations. 

With the accelerating growth in outpatient care and the increasing movement of hospitals acquiring physician practices and other ambulatory care sites, the pressure is mounting to keep operations as efficient as possible. Accordingly, the conference engages suppliers who serve the ambulatory, home health, long-term care and physician markets.

"Our focus is to increase the value we generate in the purchased services and non-acute provider markets, as both are strategically important and growing at significant rates. We want to ensure that VHA provides the right solutions for its membership," said Amy Anthony, senior vice president of Supply Chain Services at VHA. "The importance of collaborating to develop aggressive and innovative ways to address member needs remains one of the driving forces behind this annual summit." 

This year's summit features three keynote speakers:

  • Michael Regier, general counsel and senior vice president of Legal and Corporate Affairs, who will discuss the potential impact of health care reform
  • Yvonne Camus, an international speaker who will offer suggestions about realizing and unlocking an individual's greatness potential
  • Tom Wujec, an author and innovator who will speak about the importance of imagination, strategic planning and innovation

In addition, VHA will recognize several companies that have been identified by hospitals as industry leaders for their support of VHA member organizations. The VHA supplier awards highlight achievements in member satisfaction, member growth, the ability to drive contract compliance and overall satisfaction with services offered to hospitals.  

About VHA

VHA Inc., based in Irving, Texas, is a national network of not-for-profit health care organizations that work together to drive maximum savings in the supply chain arena, set new levels of clinical performance and identify and implement best practices to improve operational efficiency and clinical outcomes. Formed in 1977, through its 16 regional offices, VHA serves more than 1,400 hospitals and more than 25,500 non-acute care providers nationwide. VHA was ranked by Modern Healthcare as the 7th best place to work in health care in 2009.

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