Top 25 regional purchasing coalitions
A Regional Purchasing Coalition (RPC) generally consists of healthcare providers leveraging their collective purchasing power to lower prices on necessary supplies. While some RPCs affiliate with Group Purchasing Organizations (GPOs), many are independent.
Below we’ve compiled a list of the top 25 RPCs by the number of member hospitals and member hospital net patient revenue (NPR). Our list is based on the most recent 12-month interval tracked in our database.
Top 25 regional purchasing coalitions by number of member hospitals
|Rank||Purchasing organization||Definitive ID||State||Number of member hospitals||Member NPR||Explore dataset|
|1||Capstone Health Alliance||764445||NC||226||$38,227,974,887||Explore|
|2||Acurity (FKA GNYHA Services - Greater New York Hospital Association)||542102||NY||224||$82,809,826,077||Explore|
|3||Vizient - Captis (AKA Vizient - Upper Midwest Consolidated Services Center)||542154||MN||208||$47,668,400,464||Explore|
|4||Childrens Hospital Association (FKA Child Health Corporation of America)||542093||KS||154||$75,204,275,610||Explore|
|5||Vizient - Mid-America Service Solutions LLC||542145||KS||148||$21,708,906,303||Explore|
|7||Vizient - Partners Cooperative Inc||579789||GA||115||$32,658,364,128||Explore|
|8||Vizient Southern States (FKA Vizient - MidSouth VHA Georgia)||542141||GA||100||$24,557,704,041||Explore|
|9||Quorum Purchasing Advantage||542217||TN||78||$5,709,804,792||Explore|
|10||Associated Purchasing Services (AKA APS)||542115||KS||65||$6,604,693,219||Explore|
|11||AllSpire Health GPO||7279||PA||53||$15,207,831,385||Explore|
|12||Prairie Health Ventures||542128||NE||45||$2,230,902,798||Explore|
|13||United Iroquois Shared Services (AKA UISS)||542132||NY||41||$8,407,985,170||Explore|
|14||Montana Hospital Association (AKA MHA Ventures Inc)||542126||MT||40||$2,777,131,020||Explore|
|15||The Health Collaborative (FKA Greater Cincinnati Health Council)||585632||OH||39||$9,307,991,496||Explore|
|16||Vizient - Northeast Purchasing Coalition||542149||MA||35||$14,215,544,539||Explore|
|17||Northern Plains Premier Collaborative LLC (AKA NPPC)||764444||SD||35||$3,196,647,849||Explore|
|19||Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association (AKA GDAHA)||578022||OH||27||$4,921,109,185||Explore|
|20||Vizient - West Coast Purchasing Coalition (FKA VHA - Westpac Purchasing Network)||542157||TX||26||$15,320,618,879||Explore|
|21||Atrium Health Supply Chain Alliance (AKA AHSCA)||1001440||NC||26||$8,288,126,673||Explore|
|22||NJHA Healthcare Business Solutions||542127||NJ||25||$3,858,060,716||Explore|
|23||Vizient - Vanderbilt Health Purchasing Collaborative||939115||TN||24||$11,020,186,427||Explore|
|24||Vizient - Independent Hospital Network||939108||OH||24||$6,737,377,229||Explore|
|25||Ohio State Health Network||854755||OH||22||$5,400,297,153||Explore|
Which RPC has the highest number of member hospitals?
Capstone Health Alliance has the greatest number of member hospitals at 226. Acurity has the second highest number of member hospitals at 224, followed by Vizient – Captis with 208 member beds.
Across the top 25 RPCs, there are 1,936 member hospitals total, with an average of 77 members per hospital.
Which RPC has the highest member net patient revenue?
Acurity has the highest NPR at $82.8 billion. The Children’s Hospital Association is second with $75.2 billion and Vizient – Captis is third with $47.7 billion.
There is a total of $480.3 billion in member NPR across the top 25 RPCs, with an average NPR of $19.2 billion.
What is a purchasing coalition?
A purchasing coalition is a group of providers who utilize their purchasing power to get better discounts from GPOs and other suppliers. Some RPCs offer services in addition to purchasing, such as:
- Data sharing and utilization
- Networking and best-practice communication
- Performance improvement through trend identification
Though these services can benefit member facilities, an RPC’s primary purpose is to influence supply chain costs—sometimes by working with a GPO. Collaborating with a GPO can support RPCs in gathering and analyzing market data supporting strategic decision-making.
What’s the difference between RPCs and GPOs?
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 reduced purchasing prices for members. Additionally, RPCs are limited to a specific geographic region, and GPOs tend to serve care facilities nationwide.
Overall, information on RPCs can help companies and healthcare organizations gain insight into the purchasing trends within the complex healthcare industry. RPC data can also inform who has the greatest purchasing power in the industry.
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