A Regional Purchasing Coalition (RPC) generally consists of healthcare providers leveraging their collective purchasing power to lower prices on necessary supplies. While some RPCs are affiliated with Group Purchasing Organizations (GPOs), many are independent.
Some RPCs offer services in addition to purchasing, such as:
Though these services can benefit member facilities, the primary purpose of an RPC is to influence supply chain costs—sometimes by working with a GPO. Collaborating with a GPO can offer support for RPCs in gathering and analyzing market data, enabling strategic decision-making.
While GPOs and RPCs perform many of the same functions, there are a few differences. The primary distinction is that an RPC is a partnership between hospitals and care facilities to lower supply chain costs. A GPO is an outside organization that secures lowered purchasing prices for members. Additionally, RPCs are limited to a specific geographic region, and GPOs tend to serve care facilities nationwide.
The following list details the top 25 RPCs by the number of member hospitals, including member hospital net patient revenue.
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|RPC Name||State||Number of Member Hospitals||Member Net Patient Revenue||Explore This Dataset|
|1.||Capstone Health Alliance||NC||227||$31,286,211,954||Explore This Profile|
|2.||Vizient - Captis (AKA Vizient - Upper Midwest Consolidated Services Center)||MN||223||$35,354,725,530||Explore This Profile|
|3.||Illinois Health and Hospital Association||IL||202||$32,949,802,711||Explore This Profile|
|4.||Childrens Hospital Association||KS||180||$57,426,419,238||Explore This Profile|
|5.||Vizient - Mid-America Service Solutions LLC||KS||179||$17,575,852,911||Explore This Profile|
|6.||Associated Purchasing Services||KS||128||$8,249,943,440||Explore This Profile|
|7.||Acurity||NY||114||$42,842,618,969||Explore This Profile|
|8.||Yankee Alliance||MA||108||$26,235,712,012||Explore This Profile|
|9.||Quorum Purchasing Advantage||TN||107||$6,300,471,795||Explore This Profile|
|10.||Vizient Southern States||GA||102||$19,146,010,520||Explore This Profile|
|11.||Vizient - West Coast Purchasing Coalition||CA||74||$20,577,486,216||Explore This Profile|
|12.||Vizient - Partners Cooperative Inc||GA||70||$15,456,269,070||Explore This Profile|
|13.||Vizient - Southeast Supply Solutions||FL||58||$9,627,537,222||Explore This Profile|
|14.||NJHA Healthcare Business Solutions||NJ||54||$8,001,730,778||Explore This Profile|
|15.||The Health Collaborative||OH||50||$9,308,537,909||Explore This Profile|
|16.||Prairie Health Ventures||NE||49||$2,211,816,373||Explore This Profile|
|17.||Carolinas Shared Services||NC||49||$9,149,007,610||Explore This Profile|
|18.||AllSpire Health GPO||PA||46||$12,796,624,323||Explore This Profile|
|19.||Montana Hospital Association Ventures Inc||MT||46||$2,656,454,260||Explore This Profile|
|20.||United Iroquois Shared Services||NY||41||$4,977,774,481||Explore This Profile|
|21.||National Capital Area Shared Services Inc||MD||38||$13,464,745,513||Explore This Profile|
|22.||VHA Oklahoma/Arkansas||OK||38||$5,055,180,066||Explore This Profile|
|23.||Northern Plains Premier Collaborative LLC||SD||31||$2,388,497,086||Explore This Profile|
|24.||Avera PACE||SD||29||$1,978,911,991||Explore This Profile|
|25.||Rural Hospital Solutions||MO||29||$1,335,303,217||Explore This Profile|
Fig 1. Data from Definitive Healthcare based on annual hospital reporting. Data retrieved February 2, 2019.