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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. 

The following list details the top 25 RPCs by the number of member hospitals and member hospital net patient revenue (NPR). 

Top 25 regional purchasing coalitions by number of member hospitals 

Rank 

Purchasing Organization 

State 

# Of Member Hospitals 

Member Net Patient Revenue 

Capstone Health Alliance 

NC 

231 

$35,368,793,895  

Acurity 

NY 

224 

$71,503,207,380  

Vizient - Captis  

MN 

207 

$40,532,422,984  

Illinois Health and Hospital Association 

IL 

175 

$30,942,108,829  

Children’s Hospital Association 

KS 

155 

$61,427,231,447  

Vizient - Mid-America Service Solutions LLC 

KS 

151 

$19,547,951,029  

Yankee Alliance 

MA 

124 

$28,028,373,144  

Vizient Southern States 

GA 

103 

$22,210,765,708  

Vizient - Partners Cooperative Inc 

GA 

82 

$22,772,455,164  

10 

Quorum Purchasing Advantage 

TN 

78 

$5,120,484,621  

11 

Associated Purchasing Services 

KS 

65 

$6,073,686,701  

12 

AllSpire Health GPO 

PA 

52 

$13,784,233,616  

13 

Vizient - Southeast Supply Solutions 

FL 

50 

$10,307,429,361  

14 

Prairie Health Ventures 

NE 

47 

$2,255,924,555  

15 

Vizient - West Coast Purchasing Coalition 

TX 

46 

$18,664,579,539  

16 

MHA Ventures Inc  

MT 

41 

$2,561,429,477  

17 

Atrium Health Supply Chain Alliance  

NC 

39 

$11,502,120,714  

18 

The Health Collaborative 

OH 

39 

$9,009,997,916  

19 

Northern Plains Premier Collaborative LLC 

SD 

35 

$3,038,193,677  

20 

National Capital Area Shared Services Inc 

MD 

32 

$12,421,889,882  

21 

Avera PACE 

SD 

31 

$2,432,098,077  

22 

Ochsner Regional Purchasing Alliance 

LA 

29 

$3,778,479,555  

23 

VHA Oklahoma/Arkansas 

OK 

29 

$5,351,012,814  

24 

The BJC Collaborative 

MO 

26 

$8,034,912,846  

25 

NJHA Healthcare Business Solutions 

NJ 

25 

$4,465,711,699  

Fig. 1Data is from Definitive Healthcare’s Hospitals & IDN database. Data accessed March 2022.  

Which RPC has the highest number of member hospitals? 

Capstone Health Alliance has the greatest number of member hospitals at 231. Acurity has the second greatest number of member hospitals at 224, followed by Vizient – Captis with 207 member beds.   

Across the top 25 RPCs, there are 2,116 member hospitals total, with 85 being the average. 

Which RPC has the highest member net patient revenue? 

Acurity has the highest NPR at $71,503,207,380. The Children’s Hospital Association is second with $61,427,231,447 and Vizient – Captis is third with $40,532,422,984. 

There is a total of $451,135,494,630 in member NPR, with an average NPR of $18,045,419,785.  

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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