MedAssets, Alpharetta, Ga., said it received a second request for information on March 17 about its corporate membership with the Healthcare Research & Development Institute, Pensacola, Fla., from Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal. MedAssets officials said the company complied with the request. MedAssets, a supply-chain management company, had previously disclosed that it received a subpoena regarding its corporate membership in August 2005. Last week, Hillenbrand Industries in Batesville, Ind., said its subsidiary Hill-Rom, a leading maker of hospital beds, received a second request for information about its corporate membership with HRDI.
Modern Healthcare, a former HRDI corporate member, received a subpoena last year and complied with its request for documentation. The magazine also received another set of questions in March and responded to the queries. Other HRDI corporate members such as Eli Lilly and Co., Becton, Dickinson and Co., and Sodexho Healthcare have said they received subpoenas in 2005. Earlier this year, Blumenthal submitted testimony to a Senate subcommittee that said he was targeting HRDI as part of an antitrust probe. HRDI is a privately held, for-profit company that allows its corporate members to network with hospital executives who receive payment for their participation in the meetings. -- by Joseph Mantone