Who: Todd Ebert, 60
New role: President and CEO of the Healthcare Supply Chain Association, the trade group for group purchasing organizations. He replaces Curtis Rooney, who resigned and assumed a new position at association-management firm SmithBucklin Corp.
Prior roles: Ebert has served as CEO of Amerinet, a St. Louis-based GPO, since 2007. Before joining Amerinet in 1992, he worked at Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare, which fully acquired the GPO in June.
Provider-owned GPOs: “It may be a model that takes on a little bit more prevalence in the marketplace. The key piece is that there are going to be different business models for every organization in the space ... that's just another model in the mix.”
Combating drug shortages: “It has been something that (HSCA has) been actively involved with for a long time. We take this very seriously, and our customers do as well, and we are taking an active role to mitigate the problem as best as we can knowing there are some things we can't manage.”
Beyond supply sourcing: “I've been in this business a long time. When I started, you were pretty much just a price in a catalog, but now the (GPO) industry has evolved” to offer things such as consulting and healthcare information products, Ebert said.