Controversial industry group closes

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Feb. 12, 2007

Print  |   Email  |   Respond  |   Reprints  |   Like Facebook  |   Share Twitter  |   Tweet Linkedin

The Healthcare Research & Development Institute, a group that sought to link hospital executives and industry vendors, has shut down.

The closure is part of the terms of a settlement agreement between the Pensacola, Fla.-based group and the attorney general's office in Connecticut. HRDI, owned by hospital executives but supported financially by hospital vendors, said it was a means for executives and vendors to meet and talk. However, the Connecticut attorney general suggested the group was instead a means for vendors to buy access to top health care executives, and then enter into deals that might not offer the best quality or lowest cost.

As part of the deal, HRDI admits no wrongdoing but agreed to dissolve in its current form. It may reorganize, but only under a specific set of rules that excludes vendor membership in the organization, provides for greater disclosure to executives' hospitals of their management's involvement in the group and limits the executives' compensation for participating in the group. HRDI did not say when it might restart. The settlement was announced Jan. 25.

It was not known at press time how the Connecticut settlement would affect an investigation of HRDI being conducted in Illinois.

Note: This item originally appeared at

Back to top



Read story

Confronting bias against obese patients

Medical educators are starting to raise awareness about how weight-related stigma can impair patient-physician communication and the treatment of obesity. Read story

Read story


American Medical News is ceasing publication after 55 years of serving physicians by keeping them informed of their rapidly changing profession. Read story

Read story

Policing medical practice employees after work

Doctors can try to regulate staff actions outside the office, but they must watch what they try to stamp out and how they do it. Read story

Read story

Diabetes prevention: Set on a course for lifestyle change

The YMCA's evidence-based program is helping prediabetic patients eat right, get active and lose weight. Read story

Read story

Medicaid's muddled preventive care picture

The health system reform law promises no-cost coverage of a lengthy list of screenings and other prevention services, but some beneficiaries still might miss out. Read story

Read story

How to get tax breaks for your medical practice

Federal, state and local governments offer doctors incentives because practices are recognized as economic engines. But physicians must know how and where to find them. Read story

Read story

Advance pay ACOs: A down payment on Medicare's future

Accountable care organizations that pay doctors up-front bring practice improvements, but it's unclear yet if program actuaries will see a return on investment. Read story

Read story

Physician liability: Your team, your legal risk

When health care team members drop the ball, it's often doctors who end up in court. How can physicians improve such care and avoid risks? Read story

  • Stay informed
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • RSS
  • LinkedIn