Michigan Health Centers Now Linked to Lower Priced Medical Supplies

The Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) will partner with NACHC’s Value in Purchasing (ViP) Program to leverage the purchasing power of health centers.

Through this exciting partnership, health centers receive negotiated pricing on medical supplies and equipment, while supporting MPCA and the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC).

The MPCA/ViP program will be managed through MPCA and Community Health Ventures, the business development affiliate of NACHC. Currently the MPCA/ViP program has preferred vendor agreements with Cardinal Health, Henry Schein, and Physicians Sales and Service (PSS). All of these medical distributors provide high-quality name brand and private brand products delivered through world-class distribution. They represent the best-in-class, with a commitment to superior customer service that helps health centers fulfill their mission to create a health home and improve health-status outcomes for the underserved.

The Value in Purchasing (ViP) Program is the only national group purchasing program endorsed by the NACHC. Over 600 centers are enrolled in the program nationally. ViP has saved health centers millions of dollars over the past few years, with average savings of 18%-38% on all health center purchases.
Health Centers can request a free cost savings analysis by calling 1‐888‐299‐0324 or by contacting Rodrigo Peredo at rperedo@nachc.com or Alex Vactor at avactor@nachc.com.

About the Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA)
MPCA represents Michigan’s 34 Community Health Centers (CHCs) that are the backbone of the primary health care safety net in Michigan. Since its inception, MPCA has made significant strides in ensuring that Michigan’s low income residents have access to affordable, high quality primary health care. MPCA is committed to promoting, supporting, and developing comprehensive, accessible, and affordable community-based health care services to everyone in Michigan.

About Community Health Ventures (CHV)
CHV is the business development affiliate of the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC). Founded in 2000, CHV was created under the direction of health center leadership and tasked with creating workable solutions to the tremendous economic pressures facing today’s health centers. By negotiating group purchasing agreements that achieve better pricing, service, and contractual terms for the products and services health centers use on a daily basis, CHV helps health centers reduce costs and remain competitive.

About Cardinal Health
Cardinal Health, Inc. is a Fortune 19 company that improves the cost-effectiveness of healthcare. As the business behind healthcare, Cardinal Health helps pharmacies, hospitals and ambulatory care sites focus on patient care while reducing costs, improving efficiency and quality, and increasing profitability. Cardinal Health employs more than 30,000 people worldwide.

About Henry Schein
Through comprehensive solutions in medical, dental, 340B, and technology, Henry Schein, Inc. is dedicated to helping health centers optimize and expand quality, cost-effective care to the communities in which they serve. Henry Schein, the largest provider of health care products and services to office-based practitioners, is a Fortune 500® company recognized for its excellent customer service, highly competitive prices, and commitment to social responsibility.

About Physician Sales and Service, Inc. (PSS)
PSS is the country’s largest supplier of medical products to physician practices. A single source for all inventory needs, PSS carries more than 55,000 different medical products representing over 1,000 major manufacturers. PSS has over 33 distribution centers across the country serving over 100,000 physician practices and clinics. (PSS) understands the challenge community health centers face – to maintain their commitment to provide quality health care to anyone regardless of that person’s ability to pay.

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