March 22, 2011 17:20 ET

VHA Inc. Experts to Discuss Critical Elements of Healthcare Reform at the Spring 2011 IDN Summit and Expo

Focus Includes ACOs, Medical Homes, Bundled Payments and Value-Based Purchasing

DALLAS, TX--(Marketwire - March 22, 2011) - Several experts from VHA Inc., the national healthcare network, are participating in the Spring 2011 IDN Summit and Expo in Orlando, Fla., to share their insights and professional perspectives on the challenges posed by health care reform and to provide strategies health systems can begin to deploy to enhance efficiency, improve outcomes and lower costs.

VHA's Chief Nursing Officer, Lillee Gelinas, MSN, RN, FAAN will facilitate a Peer-to-Peer Learning Exchange Research Report session entitled "The High Cost of Confusion" that aims to clarify the uncertainty concerning the timing and implementation of accountable care organizations (ACOs), bundled payments, medical homes, value-based purchasing and other initiatives spawned by recent health care reform legislation. The sessions' participants will also examine potential responses and strategies health systems can implement to more effectively cope with these changes. 

Dee Donatelli, vice president, VHA Performance Services, and Mark St. George, director, Supply Chain & Performance Consulting, Mayo Clinic Florida, will present a session that discusses the techniques and benefits of implementing a clinically driven supply chain; one that selects products based on attributes that include clinical performance, cost and patient safety. As evidence-based medicine gains broader acceptance, health care facilities that evaluate product purchases based on clinical excellence are more likely to improve their supply costs and their patient outcomes.

"As health care leaders grapple with the outcomes of reform and what it means for their organizations, VHA's experts are mobilized to help them better understand the short- and long-term factors that will affect them and provide experienced advice on solutions that will best serve their individual needs and networks," said David Markoski, senior vice president, VHA Performance Services. "Participating in the Spring 2011 IDN Summit and Expo provides VHA members and other health care facilities with the opportunity to glean the information they need to be financially successful and deliver high-quality patient care."

VHA's Performance Services is comprised of more than 150 performance improvement consultants, including former materials managers and pharmacy directors and nurses. These industry experts apply their own experience in health care, their understanding of process improvement and VHA's tools to identify savings and improvement options to help members not only survive, but thrive in the increasingly demanding health care environment. 

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. In 2009, VHA delivered record savings and value of $1.47 billion to members. Formed in 1977, VHA serves more than 1,350 hospitals and more than 30,000 non-acute care providers nationwide, coordinating delivery of its programs and services through 16 regional offices. VHA has been listed as one of the best places to work in health care by Modern Healthcare since 2008 and one of the best places to work in IT by Computer World since 2007.

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