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Today, US Congressman Tim Murphy visited Next Level Purchasing’s headquarters. He and I talked for an hour about a variety of legislation-related topics, one of which that has procurement implications I’ll discuss here.

Congressman Murphy and other congressmen/women are seeking to revise the healthcare legislation signed into law last year. The congressman believes what I fear: that the individuals and businesses in our country will be fighting healthcare costs that will escalate more aggressively than ever before.

A couple of the legislative changes that Congressman Murphy is supporting include allowing individuals and businesses to purchase healthcare coverage across state lines and to allow businesses and individuals to pool their buying power, both of which can reduce rates and increase the quality of healthcare available. With the forthcoming upward pressure on healthcare costs and new markets potentially opening up, this is no time for spend management novices (like HR departments) to be driving the procurement bus.

If there ever was a time for procurement departments to be responsible for the healthcare category, it is now.

To Your Career,
Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2
President & Chief Procurement Officer
Next Level Purchasing, Inc.
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Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3

Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3 is an internationally-recognized business expert, legendary procurement thought leader, award-winning entrepreneur, and provocative blogger. Charles founded the Next Level Purchasing Association in 2000, oversaw its incredible growth, and successfully led the organization to its acquisition by the Certitrek Group in 2016. He continues to blog and provide advisory services for the NLPA on a part-time basis as he incubates his upcoming business innovations. Charles is also the co-author of the wildly popular, groundbreaking book, "The Procurement Game Plan: Winning Strategies & Techniques For Supply Management Professionals."

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