Vaccine Purchasing Groups

 

Group Purchasing Organizations

Group purchasing organizations (GPOs) are able to combine orders from practices, hospitals, nursing homes, and other medical facilities in order to receive volume discounts from specific vendors. AAP members report significant savings on vaccines when purchased through GPOs.

GPOs tend to be operated by hospital-affiliated purchasing programs, and often include supplies in addition to vaccines.  GPO pricing is typically not as favorable as with Physician Buying Groups (PBGs), but there is usually no requirement to use products of a specific manufacturer; in fact, GPOs often offer vaccines from all three manufacturers.  The GPO option may not be available to all practices in all markets.
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Physician Buying Groups

PBGs offer physicians the option of obtaining the most favorable pricing in return for only using the vaccines produced by contracted manufacturers.   Since GSK is competitive with both Sanofi and Merck, you will not typically find a PBG that offers preferred terms with all three manufacturers.  In most cases PBGs offer “up-front” discounts based on their respective contract terms with the manufacturers.  GSK will also provide quarterly rebates to practices based on mix and volume, in addition to their discount. The PBG typically requires the practice to first use the contracted vaccines, and most programs will remove a practice from the program if it does not comply with these terms, due to the potential for decreasing the discount to other members.

The practice is able to benefit from other manufacturer-based features, such as prompt pay discounts, on-line order discounts, and periodic manufacturer promotions.

 

Questions to Ask

When considering joining a GPO or PBG, use the questions below to assess which program is right for you.

  • Which manufacturer(s) are included in the program? Under what circumstances can I purchase outside the plan? What are the purchasing compliance requirements?
  • Based on this contract, how will my usual vaccine regimen be affected? Would I need to start administering different vaccines? How will this affect office education or nurses' time?
  • If I have to change the type of vaccine I order, is the change worth it? Is there another option with similar pricing that would allow me to order what I currently use?
    • Is there a cost to participate? What is the length of my contract commitment? Does this plan provide rebates to its participants?
  • Is pricing tied to volume? Do all participants have the same terms?
  • Does placing large- or small-volume orders allow me to receive the optimal discount?
  • How do your discounts compare with my current pricing?
  • Can I take advantage of additional manufacturer discounts through this program?
  • How frequently am I allowed to order? What is the process to order vaccines? Is a code needed to order online? Is there an administrator to call?
  • Can the practice order whenever it wants? Is there a limit to how many orders can be placed in a given time? What is the process for ordering (eg, phone, online)?
  • Can I reduce my practice’s time and resources spent on ordering vaccines so that maximum discounts are still achieved? Does the program eliminate the need to order strategically to achieve best pricing?
  • What customer-service resources are in place to answer our questions and provide supply assistance? How long has the plan been in business and how many doctors does it work with?
    (You can also ask your manufacturer representatives for their views of the program.)
  • Are there geographic limitations to participation?
  • What value-added services (eg, payment support, office supplies) does the plan provide?


List of Purchasing Groups

The AAP has collected a list of GPOs and PBGs with whom member pediatricians report working. The inclusion of any groups on this list does not constitute Academy endorsement of the purchasing group, nor does it imply Academy involvement with the purchasing group.

GPO Name Items included in GPO Membership/Fee Requirements Contact Information
AAP Affinity Program - Child Health Advantage Vaccines, clinical supplies, pharmacueticals and business services None Membership Coordinator
advantage@childrenshospital.org
913-262-1436
www.childhealthadvantage.com
Atlantic Health Partners

Vaccines

Office Supplies

Medical Supplies

Patient Recall Program

Discounts for Vaccine Refrigerator/ Freezers

None Jeff Winokur
jwinokur@atlantichealthpartners.com
800-741-2044
www.atlantichealthpartners.com
CASA Physicians Alliance

Vaccines, Medical and Surgical Supplies, Office Supplies, and  Rebate Program

NO Fees, Physicians and Physicians Groups in the United States may participate

Andi Dixon or Shari Smith info@casaalliance.net 

866-434-9974

www.casaalliance.net

CCPA Purchasing Partners, L.P Vaccines
Office Supplies
Medical Supplies
Physician licensed in Illinois, Indiana, or Wisconsin Nancy Mosko
nmosko@childrensmemorial.org
773-880-6635
http://www.childrensmemorial.org

Children's National Health Network (CNHN)

Vaccines
Office Supplies
Medical Supplies

No fees. Must be a member of CNHN to access contracts, programs, & services. Donnita Pickett
dpickett@childrensnational.org
202-476-2727
http://www.childrensnational.org
Children's Practicing Pediatricians, Inc Vaccines. Office Supplies, Medical/Surgical Supplies No fees

Children's Practicing Pediatricians, Inc.
cpp@nationwidechildrens.org
614-722-2145
www.cppdocs.org

Cumberland Pediatric Foundation

Vaccines
Medical Supplies

No fees
May be required to maintain certain benchmarks
Practices must give 30 day notice to opt out of  agreement

Ann Manning
ann.manning@vanderbilt.edu
615-936-6053
www.cumberlandpediatric.org

Fair Advantage Consortium

Vaccines
Medical Supplies

  Robin Riggs
rriggs@fairadvantage.com
256-265-2464
www.fairadvantageconsortium.com

Integrated Physician Solutions (IPS)

Vaccines

Office Supplies

Medical Supplies

Malpractice Insurance

No fees

Lynne Sherman
lsherman@ips-usa.com
678-832-1824
http://vaccines.ips-usa.com

Kelson

Vaccines

Unknown

866-820-4898
http://www.kelsoncorp.com/vaccine.php

Main Street Vaccines

Vaccines

Medical Supplies

Surgical Supplies

Vaccine Refrigerators
Rebates

No fees

Allen Menkin, MD, MS, FAAP President
drmenkin@mainstreetvacs.com
Kate Beggerow, Administrator

administrator@mainstreetvacs.com

(888) HUB-MAINSTREET
(888)482-6246

http://www.mainstreetvacs.com/

Medical Practice Purchasing Group (MPPG)

Vaccines
Office Supplies
Medical Supplies

20

more Contracts

No fees

 

Loyalty payments for members in good standing

Brian K. Greenberg, MD, FAAP

818-332-7057

Leslie Fuchs
leslief@mppg.net
714-469-5296
www.mppg.net

National Physician Care

Vaccines
Medical Supplies
Office Administrative Services
CHADIS
Internet and Phone Service

Private practice physicians and clinics. No fees for private practice physicians.

Richard Miles
RLMiles@nationalphysiciancare.com
877-598-3286
www.nationalphysiciancare.com

National Discount Vaccine Alliance

Vaccines
Office Supplies
Medical Supplies

No fees

Dr. Kathleen Cain
kcain@nationaldiscountvacinealliance.com
Dr. Richard Lander
rlander@nationaldiscountvaccinealliance.com
785-273-4165
www.nationaldiscountvaccinealliance.com

Northampton Area Pediatrics

Vaccines
Office Supplies
Medical Supplies

AAP membership

Cindy Mayo
cmayo@napeds.com
413-584-8700
www.napeds.com

Pediatric Alliance Vaccines Medical Supplies

No membership

fee

Virginia

Ted Abernathy, MD, FAAP,

TAbernathy@pediatric-alliance.com

 

www.pediatric-alliance.com

Pediatric Federation LLC

Vaccines
Office Supplies
Medical Supplies

No fees
Nationwide

Kathy Chebib
Kathy@pediafed.com
855-733-4233 x81
www.pediafed.com

https://pediafeed.com/vaccine-group-purchasing-organization

Peds Pal

Vaccines
Office Supplies
Medical Supplies

None

pedspal@cookchildrens.org
877-923-2233
http://www.pedspal.org/contact.html  

Physicians' Alliance of America, Inc.

Vaccines

Vaccines Rebate Program
Office Supplies
Medical Supplies

Practices in the United States are eligible
No fees
Members may choose which of 80+ agreements they want to access

Bob Chalmers
info@physall.com
1-866-348-9780
www.physiciansalliance.com

Primary Care Alliance

Vaccines
Medical Supplies
Any physician or physician group in the United States may participate. No fee

Amy Dahl
adahl@primarycarealliance.com
866-470-0090
www.primarycarealliance.com

River Valley Pediatricians, Inc. (RVPI)

 

Vaccines
Office Supplies
Medical Supplies

Annual fee
Must be community-based physician in the metropolitan area of Cincinnati, OH

Ed Freeman
edward@rvpi.com
513-475-6084
www.rvpi.com

Southern California Children's Health Network

Vaccines

No fees

Robert Kaplan

rrkaplan@ix.netcom.com

Angela Deanda

adeanda@isynermed.com

213-406-2711
www.isynermed.com

 

 

Last Updated: 9/3/2014





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