Group Purchasing

SAVING MONEY TOGETHER.
 
The Tennessee Primary Care Association maintains a partnership with CommonWealth Purchasing Group (CPG), the leading group purchasing organization for community health centers in the country. They combine the purchasing power of more than 600 CHCs nationwide to negotiate savings and superior service from a portfolio of 60+ nationally recognized vendors. There is no cost to participate.

Tom Whelan, CPG's member resource consultant for Tennessee, can provide health centers with information on their savings program. You can reach out to him using the contact information below. You may also contact Raymond Mitchell, TPCA's member services manager, if you have any questions.
 
Contacts:
CommonWealth Purchasing Group
Tom Whelan, Member Resource Consultant
251-508-2854
twhelan@cwpurchasing.org
Tennessee Primary Care Association
Raymond Mitchell, Member Services Manager
615-425-5847
raymond.mitchell@tnpca.org
 


 
 




GET YOUR APPLES-TO-APPLES COMPARISON
We are thrilled to have the opportunity to show you how much your organization can be saving when you buy the same products you’re already using through CommonWealth Purchasing Group’s nationally recognized vendors. Here’s how to get your comparison:

Send us a representative sample of invoices, along with a cover letter that includes your organization’s name and address, and the name of the person to whom we should send analysis results, including their title, phone number, and email address. You may also click here to upload your invoices online.

WHAT IS A GROUP PURCHASING ORGANIZATION?
A group purchasing organization (GPO) is a member-based organization that combines the purchasing power of several members in order to provide volume savings they couldn’t otherwise access as a single organization. In a GPO, vendors treat all members like one big company and base pricing and other benefits on total sales to the group. Because of the combined volume being purchased by multiple businesses, vendors offer better pricing and customer service on the products and services members use every day. 

HOW GPOs ARE ORGANIZED
Many GPOs specialize in a particular industry -- healthcare, electronics manufacturers, grocery chains, etc. Others are organized by location and may include a variety of industries. Single-focus GPOs typically provide greater value to members, with competitive contracts that cater to their industry-specific needs. 

A FEW OF THE BENEFITS OF JOINING A GPO
  • Lower prices for members on the products and services they need to conduct business every day.
  • Improved customer service (which includes a variety of activities) can account for 50 percent or more of total savings for GPO members. For example, contracting vendors often waive delivery fees and other charges that “stand-alone” customers pay.
  • GPO vendors often offer additional services, such as helping members to identify lower-cost alternative products (typically vendor house brands or generics) that will meet the members’ needs and save money.
  • Save time and money with consolidated billing, inventory management, simplified ordering, and many other supply chain improvements.