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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:

  • Data sharing and utilization
  • Networking and best-practice communication
  • Performance improvement through trend identification

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.

Top 25 Regional Purchasing Coalitions by Number of Member Hospitals

  RPC Name State Number of Member Hospitals  Member Net Patient Revenue

1.

Capstone Health Alliance

NC

227

$31,286,211,954

2.

Vizient - Captis (AKA Vizient - Upper Midwest Consolidated Services Center)

MN

223

$35,354,725,530

3.

Illinois Health and Hospital Association

IL

202

$32,949,802,711

4.

Childrens Hospital Association

KS

180

$57,426,419,238

5.

Vizient - Mid-America Service Solutions LLC

KS

179

$17,575,852,911

6.

Associated Purchasing Services

KS

128

$8,249,943,440

7.

Acurity

NY

114

$42,842,618,969

8.

Yankee Alliance

MA

108

$26,235,712,012

9.

Quorum Purchasing Advantage

TN

107

$6,300,471,795

10.

Vizient Southern States

GA

102

$19,146,010,520

11.

Vizient - West Coast Purchasing Coalition

CA

74

$20,577,486,216

12.

Vizient - Partners Cooperative Inc

GA

70

$15,456,269,070

13.

Vizient - Southeast Supply Solutions

FL

58

$9,627,537,222

14.

NJHA Healthcare Business Solutions

NJ

54

$8,001,730,778

15.

The Health Collaborative

OH

50

$9,308,537,909

16.

Prairie Health Ventures

NE

49

$2,211,816,373

17.

Carolinas Shared Services

NC

49

$9,149,007,610

18.

AllSpire Health GPO

PA

46

$12,796,624,323

19.

Montana Hospital Association Ventures Inc

MT

46

$2,656,454,260

20.

United Iroquois Shared Services

NY

41

$4,977,774,481

21.

National Capital Area Shared Services Inc

MD

38

$13,464,745,513

22.

VHA Oklahoma/Arkansas

OK

38

$5,055,180,066

23.

Northern Plains Premier Collaborative LLC

SD

31

$2,388,497,086

24.

Avera PACE

SD

29

$1,978,911,991

25.

Rural Hospital Solutions

MO

29

$1,335,303,217

Fig 1. Data from Definitive Healthcare based on annual hospital reporting. Data retrieved February 2, 2019.