By Phil English, Byron L. Dorgan and Robert F. Bennett
Feb. 13, 2013, 5:40 p.m.
After a year of reviewing responses to hundreds of questions and conducting interviews and site visits, we are pleased to release the group’s seventh annual report to the public. Our review has determined that HGPII members have created internal business safeguards and enforcement mechanisms to prevent conflicts of interest; improved transparency in the bidding and awards process; and developed and implemented policies that facilitate and promote the availability of new, innovative technologies for health care. The annual report is available on the HGPII website.
In the years to come, the GPOs that make up HGPII have pledged to continue promoting best practices, while inspiring ethical conduct by both word and actions. Meeting these standards will require full transparency of business conduct practices with vendors and health care providers with whom they contract. In addition, the organization looks forward to improving its outreach to other GPOs, Congress, federal agencies, stakeholder groups and the public about the critical role GPOs play in the health care supply chain.
Former Rep. Phil English, R-Pa., and former Sens. Byron L. Dorgan, D-N.D., and Robert F. Bennett, R-Utah, are employed as national co-coordinators of the Healthcare Group Purchasing Industry Initiative.
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