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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.

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

RankPurchasing organizationDefinitive IDStateNumber of member hospitalsMember NPRExplore dataset
1Capstone Health Alliance764445NC226$38,227,974,887 Explore
2Acurity (FKA GNYHA Services - Greater New York Hospital Association)542102NY224$82,809,826,077 Explore
3Vizient - Captis (AKA Vizient - Upper Midwest Consolidated Services Center)542154MN208$47,668,400,464 Explore
4Childrens Hospital Association (FKA Child Health Corporation of America)542093KS154$75,204,275,610 Explore
5Vizient - Mid-America Service Solutions LLC542145KS148$21,708,906,303 Explore
6Yankee Alliance542105MA123$31,762,610,669 Explore
7Vizient - Partners Cooperative Inc579789GA115$32,658,364,128 Explore
8Vizient Southern States (FKA Vizient - MidSouth VHA Georgia)542141GA100$24,557,704,041 Explore
9Quorum Purchasing Advantage542217TN78$5,709,804,792 Explore
10Associated Purchasing Services (AKA APS)542115KS65$6,604,693,219 Explore
11AllSpire Health GPO7279PA53$15,207,831,385 Explore
12Prairie Health Ventures542128NE45$2,230,902,798 Explore
13United Iroquois Shared Services (AKA UISS)542132NY41$8,407,985,170 Explore
14Montana Hospital Association (AKA MHA Ventures Inc)542126MT40$2,777,131,020 Explore
15The Health Collaborative (FKA Greater Cincinnati Health Council)585632OH39$9,307,991,496 Explore
16Vizient - Northeast Purchasing Coalition542149MA35$14,215,544,539 Explore
17Northern Plains Premier Collaborative LLC (AKA NPPC)764444SD35$3,196,647,849 Explore
18Avera PACE585397SD33$2,511,190,774 Explore
19Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association (AKA GDAHA)578022OH27$4,921,109,185 Explore
20Vizient - West Coast Purchasing Coalition (FKA VHA - Westpac Purchasing Network)542157TX26$15,320,618,879 Explore
21Atrium Health Supply Chain Alliance (AKA AHSCA)1001440NC26$8,288,126,673 Explore
22NJHA Healthcare Business Solutions542127NJ25$3,858,060,716 Explore
23Vizient - Vanderbilt Health Purchasing Collaborative939115TN24$11,020,186,427 Explore
24Vizient - Independent Hospital Network939108OH24$6,737,377,229 Explore
25Ohio State Health Network854755OH22$5,400,297,153 Explore

Fig. 1. Data is from the Definitive Healthcare HospitalView product. Net patient revenue is an aggregate of member hospital financial information from the October 2022 Medicare Cost Report release. Data is accurate as of February 2023. 

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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