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[January 10, 2013]

Premier healthcare alliance Experts to Discuss MSSP ACO Application Process, New Measures for Infection Prevention and Improving Supply Chain Efficiency

CHARLOTTE, N.C. --(Business Wire)--

This month, Premier healthcare alliance member and executive experts will share knowledge on how to apply for the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) as an accountable care organization (ACO); the new clinical measures for ventilator associated events (VAEs) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); and improving efficiencies in the supply chain.

Premier will host the following Advisor Live® webinars, which are free and open to the public:

CDC-NHSN's new ventilator-associated events surveillance definitions: Are you ready

  • Speakers:
    • Michael Klompas MD, MPH, FRCPC, FIDSA, Harvard Medical School, Department of Population Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital
    • Gina Pugliese, RN, MS, vice president, Premier Safety Institute®, Premier healthcare alliance
  • Description:
    • Learn about the new National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) "surveillance definitions" for tracking and determining VAEs, including ventilator-associated pneumonia for adults, and receive practical advice for successful implementation.
  • When/where:


Lessons learned from an active MSSP organization and how to apply for this growing program

  • Speakers:
    • Brian N. Busbee, ACO project manager, managed care, WellStar Health System
    • Kerri Franklin, clinical decision support director, quality service and patient safety, WellStar Health System
    • Parker Marsh, senior performance partner, Premier healthcare alliance
  • Description:
    • Learn how to navigate the MSSP application process, about current MSSP organizations, and what to consider when preparing to apply and operate a MSSP ACO.
  • When/where:

In addition, Andy Brailo, Premier senior vice president of member field services, will participate on a panel discussion at the MDSI Regional Distribution Summit in Philadelphia on January 11. He will present an overview of the Premier's group purchasing services, alternate site contracting strategies and how to successfully implement group purchasing contracts.

Premier is a provider-owned performance improvement alliance of more than 2,700 U.S. hospitals and 90,000 other sites helping healthcare providers improve their patient care and finances. Alliance representatives speak around the country each month sharing best practices to improve care delivery.

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

Premier is a performance improvement alliance of more than 2,700 U.S. hospitals and 90,000 other sites using the power of collaboration and technology to lead the transformation to coordinated, high-quality, cost-effective care. Owned by hospitals, health systems and other providers, Premier operates a leading healthcare purchasing network with more than $4 billion in annual savings. Premier also maintains the nation's largest clinical, financial and outcomes database with information on 1 in 4 patient discharges. A world leader in delivering measurable improvements in care, Premier works with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier also has an office in Washington. https://www.premierinc.com. Stay connected on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.


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