AHRMM Cost, Quality, and Outcomes Movement Takes the Stage at the GHX Healthcare Supply Chain Summit

AHRMM to present both a workshop and breakout session on the role supply chain professionals play at the intersection of cost, quality and outcomes at the upcoming Summit in Las Vegas, May 20-22, 2013
Chicago, IL and Louisville, CO — Monday, April 29, 2013

The Association for Healthcare Resource &Materials Management (AHRMM) of the American Hospital Association will present a workshop and breakout session on the association’s Cost, Quality, and Outcomes (CQO) Movement at the upcoming GHX Healthcare Supply Chain Summit, to be held May 20-22 in Las Vegas. Launched in January, the CQO Movement will help to shape the future of the healthcare supply chain by preparing those working in the field to be the experts in the correlation between cost, quality and outcomes. Attracting well over 700 representatives of healthcare providers and manufacturers, the GHX Healthcare Supply Chain Summit is focused on increasing collaboration and visibility across the supply chain to improve efficiencies, quality of care, and reduce costs.

With the transformation of the healthcare delivery system, hospitals and healthcare systems understanding total costs (cost of ownership of supplies, cost of procedures, costs to deliver care) and total quality (quality of care and the patient experience) is even more critical since it can determine reimbursement levels and reflects providers’ability to deliver value-based healthcare across the continuum. Supply chain is particularly well-suited to assume a leadership role in this area, as it crosses not only functional (clinical, financial and operational) boundaries within hospitals and health systems, but also with the suppliers of the products used in patient care.

Christopher O’Connor, AHRMM chair-elect and President, GNYHA Services, Inc., will present a
half-day workshop on Monday, May 20, entitled “Transforming the Supply Chain: Owning the Intersection of Cost, Quality, and Outcomes.”The workshop will include case studies and break-out sessions for providers and suppliers to engage in discussion over the clinical and financial data, metrics, and process improvements needed to ensure supply chain is approaching operations and management from a CQO perspective, and bringing ultimate value across the continuum of care. On Tuesday, May 21, John Willi, AHRMM board member and Senior Director, Supply Chain Management Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Inc. will present “Leading from the Intersection of Cost, Quality, and Outcomes.”The session will explore the CQO Supply Chain Movement and share supply chain strategies and best practices on how to achieve success in the emerging healthcare landscape.

“AHRMM is pleased to be working with GHX to advance the CQO Movement and bring much-needed education around cost, quality, and outcomes to the entire healthcare supply chain community,”said Annette Pummel, Chair of AHRMM. “As AHRMM continues to reach out to suppliers and engage new partners across the industry, opportunities such as these become paramount to the Movement’s success.”

The GHX Summit will provide several additional sessions that support the CQO Movement, including:


“By bringing together healthcare trading partners, the GHX Healthcare Supply Chain Summit supports progressive industry changes that will improve information sharing, reduce inefficiencies and drive greater value for all involved, especially the patient,”said Bruce Johnson, president and CEO, GHX. We applaud AHRMM for helping elevate the role supply chain professionals can play in achieving the top objectives of healthcare reform – lowering costs while improving patient care – and are honored that the association is bringing this important message to our Healthcare Supply Chain Summit.”

The entire GHX Healthcare Supply Chain Summit agenda can be viewed here. Follow the conference action in real-time by visiting the Healthcare Hub blog or following #GHX13 on Twitter. For more information on the CQO Movement, visit: www.ahrmm.org/CQO.

The Association for Healthcare Resource &Materials Management is the leading national association for executives in the healthcare resource and materials management profession. A professional membership group of the American Hospital Association, AHRMM serves more than 4,200 active members. Founded in 1951, AHRMM prepares its members to contribute to the field and advance the profession through the intersection of cost, quality, and outcomes via networking, education, recognition, and advocacy. For more information, visit www.ahrmm.org.

About GHX
Global Healthcare Exchange, LLC (GHX) is driving costs out of healthcare by transforming the healthcare supply chain. Working with providers and suppliers, GHX is accelerating change by providing a faster, more efficient and collaborative supply chain that will take billions of dollars out of the cost of healthcare. For more information, visit www.ghx.com and The Healthcare Hub