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

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RPC NameStateNumber of Member HospitalsMember Net Patient RevenueExplore This Dataset
1.Capstone Health AllianceNC227$31,286,211,954 Explore This Profile
2.Vizient - Captis (AKA Vizient - Upper Midwest Consolidated Services Center)MN223$35,354,725,530 Explore This Profile
3.Illinois Health and Hospital AssociationIL202$32,949,802,711 Explore This Profile
4.Childrens Hospital AssociationKS180$57,426,419,238 Explore This Profile
5.Vizient - Mid-America Service Solutions LLCKS179$17,575,852,911 Explore This Profile
6.Associated Purchasing ServicesKS128$8,249,943,440 Explore This Profile
7.AcurityNY114$42,842,618,969 Explore This Profile
8.Yankee AllianceMA108$26,235,712,012 Explore This Profile
9.Quorum Purchasing AdvantageTN107$6,300,471,795 Explore This Profile
10.Vizient Southern StatesGA102$19,146,010,520 Explore This Profile
11.Vizient - West Coast Purchasing CoalitionCA74$20,577,486,216 Explore This Profile
12.Vizient - Partners Cooperative IncGA70$15,456,269,070 Explore This Profile
13.Vizient - Southeast Supply SolutionsFL58$9,627,537,222 Explore This Profile
14.NJHA Healthcare Business SolutionsNJ54$8,001,730,778 Explore This Profile
15.The Health CollaborativeOH50$9,308,537,909 Explore This Profile
16.Prairie Health VenturesNE49$2,211,816,373 Explore This Profile
17.Carolinas Shared ServicesNC49$9,149,007,610 Explore This Profile
18.AllSpire Health GPOPA46$12,796,624,323 Explore This Profile
19.Montana Hospital Association Ventures Inc MT46$2,656,454,260 Explore This Profile
20.United Iroquois Shared Services NY41$4,977,774,481 Explore This Profile
21.National Capital Area Shared Services IncMD38$13,464,745,513 Explore This Profile
22.VHA Oklahoma/ArkansasOK38$5,055,180,066 Explore This Profile
23.Northern Plains Premier Collaborative LLCSD31$2,388,497,086 Explore This Profile
24.Avera PACESD29$1,978,911,991 Explore This Profile
25.Rural Hospital SolutionsMO29$1,335,303,217 Explore This Profile

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