Surprising, but I actually read something about politicians and healthcare reform this morning that gave me hope. Former Senate Majority Leaders Tom Daschle and Bill Frist have formed a partnership to find creative ways at the state level to implement healthcare reform. Read the story in politico.com. While the two gentlemen certainly have very different viewpoints on the issue and the bill passed last year, I must credit them for focusing their attention on finding solutions to the challenges of implementation as opposed to staying mired in the debate over whether the bill should be repealed or not. As I have stated previously, keeping the conversation at that level does no one any good, especially those working in healthcare who need to take action now and the patients that depend upon them.
I am also particularly pleased that both Senators have agreed to speak at the GHX Supply Chain Summit, scheduled for April 18-20 in Dallas, Texas. There, they will be joined by some 600 representatives from hospitals and healthcare systems, manufacturers and distributors, group purchasing organizations and academic and association leaders, all of whom are dealing with the realities of the healthcare crisis on a daily basis. I am looking forward to a candid and constructive dialogue on healthcare reform that addresses both the political and business realities in a single forum. I hope you will join the conversation, in Dallas in April and on the Healthcare Hub blog in the interim.