The Health Industry Group Purchasing Association reorganized its governance structure, eliminating suppliers from its board of directors and creating two categories of membership to separate suppliers from GPOs and provider organizations. The changes take effect Jan. 1. The new board will include 12 members from the GPO industry or healthcare systems and one outside director. Previously, four of the 19 board members represented suppliers, two were outside directors and the remainder came from GPOs or healthcare provider groups. Suppliers now will be categorized as affiliate members of the association, with "substantial involvement ... particularly in the areas of research, education and upholding standards across the healthcare supply chain," said HIGPA's new board chairman, Al LoBiondo, in a letter to association members. LoBiondo is senior vice president of supply chain management at Greater New York Hospital Association. SmithBucklin Corp., an association management company, will lead HIGPA through the transition, LoBiondo said. HIGPA previously decided not to renew a management contract with Robert Betz Associates that expires Dec. 31. -- by Joseph Mantone
GPO group reorganizes, drops suppliers from board
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