Group Purchasing

Collectively Cutting Costs For Underserved Patients

CCHN Group Purchasing Agreements

 

CCHN serves as the Group Purchasing Organization (GPO), maintaining group purchasing agreements that use the collective purchasing power of Community Health Centers (CHCs) and other types of safety net health care providers to negotiate deeply discounted rates for certain goods and services. The savings achieved by these group purchasing arrangements help participant organizations lower the cost of caring for the underserved.

CCHN currently maintains GPO agreements with five vendors.

CCHN’s Group Purchasing Opportunities:

Laboratory Services

CHC, CCHN, and the Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp) have a GPO agreement whereby participating clinics purchase reference laboratory services discounted at an average of 65 percent off of LabCorp’s published fee schedule, including price discounts for the top 2,000 lab tests.

 

LabCorp: Partnership with CCHN and Safety Net Clinics (Aired April 1, 2020) This webinar focused on services provided by LabCorp and benefits offered to CHCs and other health care clinics participating in CCHN’s GPO offering. Benefits discussed included indigent agreements, tools to help clinics identify gaps in care and lower costs for patients with chronic conditions, and on-site phlebotomist. LabCorp representatives also provided information on support provided in spring of 2020 in response to the COVID-19 epidemic. Click the event title to access a recording of the event.

Dental Supplies

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Community Health Centers, CCHN, and Henry Schein Dental have a GPO agreement whereby members purchase dental merchandise and equipment discounted up to 21 percent off the customary price. Twelve CHCs and four Colorado non-profit dental organizations currently participate in the dental GPO.

 

Henry Schein: Helping Access to Quality Care for All (Aired March 18, 2020) This webinar highlighted the clinical, financial, technological, and operational solutions Henry Schein offers to CHCs and other health care providers, including outlining the strategic structures and teams that support the community with a single point of contact with safety net clinics as the hub. Henry Schein also provided data on its response to the COVID-19 epidemic as of spring 2020. Click event title to access a recording of the event.

 

Community Health Centers, CCHN, and Henry Schein Dental have a GPO agreement whereby members purchase dental merchandise and equipment discounted up to 21 percent off the customary price. Twelve CHCs and four Colorado non-profit dental organizations currently participate in the dental GPO.

 

Pharmaceuticals

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CHCs, CCHN and the Texas Association of Community Health Centers (TACHC) have a GPO agreement whereby members are able to purchase pharmaceuticals through TACHC’s 340Better program.

 

NACHC’s Group Purchasing Opportunities:

Medical Supplies

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Partnership with Community Health Ventures:

CCHN holds two GPO agreements through the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) Community Health Ventures (CHV) Value in Purchasing (ViP) Program. CHV is a business unit of NACHC that creates and manages GPOs for CHCs nationwide. To learn more about CHV-ViP, please visit their website or contact CHV at ventures@nachc.com.

 

Community Health Ventures – Featuring Nonstop Wellness and Stratus Video Interpreting (Aired March 4, 2020)
This webinar provided an overview of offerings available through Community Health Ventures ViP program. This included a brief introduction to how the ViP program GPOs work and the advantages and special features of the program, an overview of Nonstop Wellness and how it differs from most other employee insurance benefits program, and an overview of Stratus and features of their video interpretation services  Click event title to access a recording of the event.

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CHCs, CCHN, and Henry Schein have a GPO agreement through CHV-ViP whereby members purchase medical supplies at a discount from a product portfolio that encompasses high-quality, high-value products ideally suited for the needs of CHCs.

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CHCs, CCHN, and McKesson Medical-Surgical (formerly McKesson and Physician Sales & Service (PSS)) have a GPO agreement through CHV-ViP whereby members purchase medical supplies at a discount from a product portfolio that encompasses high-quality, high-value products ideally suited for the needs of CHCs.

 

 

For more information on how to participate in a CCHN GPO or to provide suggestions or feedback on the GPO offerings from CCHN, contact Sarah Macrander.