The Health Industry Group Purchasing Association will not renew its public policy and management contract with consulting firm Robert Betz Associates when their five-year agreement ends Dec. 31, the consulting firm said in a news release. The HIGPA board, which could not be reached for comment, voted 8-5 against renewing the contract as the trade group moves to reorganize its structure, according to Robert Betz Associates. The organization wants to hire its own permanent staff, a spokeswoman for the consulting firm said. Robert Betz, president of Robert Betz Associates, has had a relationship with HIGPA and its predecessor organizations for 15 years. He currently serves as HIGPA's president and chief executive officer. The relationship ends as the group purchasing industry battles a congressional panel's efforts to regulate its business practices. -- by Cinda Becker
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