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Hill-Rom in trouble again

Discussion in 'Hill-Rom' started by Anonymous, Jan 17, 2015 at 12:45 PM.

  1. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    It's like clockwork with these people:

    Rival accuses Hill-Rom of illegally bundling hospital equipment rentals

    By Lisa Schencker | January 16, 2015

    Medical-equipment manager Universal Hospital Services is suing manufacturer Hill-Rom Holdings for allegedly using its dominance in hospital bed manufacturing to illegally squash competition for equipment rentals.

    Minneapolis-based Universal Hospital Services (not to be confused with hospital operator Universal Health Services) filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in San Antonio Texas on Tuesday alleging that Hill-Rom is breaking antitrust laws.

    The lawsuit alleges that Indiana-based Hill-Rom uses its market power as the dominant manufacturer of hospital beds to increase its market share for medical equipment rentals. It does so by negotiating sole-source agreements with national group-purchasing organizations and hospital networks that include steep discounts and rebates on standard hospital beds in exchange for commitments to use Hill-Rom for rentals of patient-handling equipment and moveable medical equipment, according to the lawsuit.

    http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20150116/NEWS/301169978
     
  2. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    So what. Hill-Rom is not in any trouble. Any damn fool can sue any other damn fool for any damn reason. UHS can't compete based on pricing or quality.
    This is a fruitless attempt by UHS and will do nothing but cause both sides to spend money on attorneys. At some point there'll be a RIF because we both spent millions and now have to make it up to the stockholders.
    If we're lucky, this waste of time will be squashed early.
    Besides, as long as you're not trying to get a 100% commitment contract, you're in the clear.
     
  3. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    You have it 180 degrees wrong, Hill-Rom bundles hospital beds with rental because they can't compete with UHS, or other low cost providers, on price or quality. The whole strategy of bundling is to have higher margin products, ie beds, carry lower margin products ie rental. If Hill-Rom competed directly with other rental companies their high service and delivery costs would price them out of the market...as seen in their declining rental share. One way to try and stop the rental losses is to bundle beds in hopes that the strength they have in beds will help pull through the rental business.
     
  4. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    Hill-Rom does a much better job providing for their customers. So now the pot is calling the kettle black?? UHS sucks, all their equipment sucks. Trust me, I used to work in that shithole.
     
  5. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    Hill-Rom field people hope UHS wins this lawsuit, then they won't have to deliver that low margin MME equipment as often.
     
  6. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    Hill-Rom.......classless management
     
  7. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    Clueless mangement
     
  8. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    The irony of your moronic post is awesome. Learn how to spell.
     
  9. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    Like you haven't done EXACTLY the same thing before in some way, shape, or form. If you want to disagree by all means but don't pull that crap as your defense of management.
     
  10. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    Gay Money Is No Good in Indiana
    After the passing of a bill that allows Indiana businesses to discriminate against gays, LGBT allies are threatening to leave the state.

    Can our LGBT employees still eat at The Hill-Rom Center? or are we all moving to Chicago?
     
  11. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    Bundling like this will cost them. I don't know their management, but if this is a reflection of the decisions they make, I am inclined to agree that they need new management. Bundling has been a no-no for years.

    They will likely settle out of court like they did last time "they didn't do anything wrong". At $316M in 2006- inflation may get UHS closer to $400M.
     
  12. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    Nothing wrong with being Gay, but it troubles me a fellow employee cannot READ a bill and know what it really says.
     
  13. anonymous

    anonymous Guest


    No No. They are just caring about outcomes !