Why are GPOs an essential part of the administration’s push for greater efficiencies and savings in health care? President Obama has made clear his commitment to comprehensive health care reform and that this commitment would be paid for in part by efficiencies in our system. Group Purchasing Organizations (GPOs), large national purchasing organizations and smaller […]

GPOs Provide Measurable Savings to Health Care Providers, The Lewin Group Reports

Arlington, VA (May 21, 2003) – In a new study released today by the Health Industry Group Purchasing Association (HIGPA) the results of three different analyses support the conclusion that group purchasing organizations (GPOs) provide measurable savings as well as non-financial benefits to hospitals and health systems. The study, entitled Assessing the Value of Group […]


Hospitals and other health care providers have one principal objective: providing high quality care at an affordable price. Achieving this objective is always difficult, but it is particularly challenging now given a steady rise in the costs of health care items and services, and a sharp decline in payor reimbursement levels. Group purchasing organizations (GPOs) […]

Member Organizations

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2010 National Pharmacy Forum

Leadership skills are crucial to success in business and in life. Strong leaders empower others by example and influence, which is why we are delighted to announce Bruce Jenner, Olympic Decathlon Gold Medalist, as the opening keynote speaker for the 2010 National Pharmacy Forum. Bruce captivated the world and earned the title Worlds Greatest Athlete […]

Housing Rates & Reservations

Rooms are available for 2007 HIGPA International EXPO attendees at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort. All conference events will take place in the hotel. Reservations made after Wednesday, September 19, 2007, are not guaranteed to receive HIGPA’s discounted rate and are subject to hotel availability. Be sure to request the “HIGPA” discounted rate when […]

The Value of Group Purchasing

Overview Group purchasing is a principal strategy by which companies in many sectors, especially healthcare, have sought to achieve cost containment, improve the quality of goods and services and allow staff to focus their efforts on activities more suited to specialized training. This examination, entitled, ‘The Value of Group Purchasing – 2009’ empirically studied how […]

About HIGPA?

The Health Industry Group Purchasing Association (HIGPA) is a broad-based trade association that represents 16 purchasing organizations. HIGPA’s group purchasing members include for-profit and not-for-profit corporations, purchasing groups, associations, multi-hospital systems and healthcare provider alliances. HIGPA provides five main services to its members: Advocacy: Work collaboratively with all legislative and regulatory authorities to insure fair […]

Expo Keynote Speaker Announced!

The 2010 HIGPA International Expo, being held October 25-27 at the JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes in Orlando, Florida will feature keynote speaker Dave Barry, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Columnist, Best-Selling Author, and Satirist. He will address Expo attendees Tuesday, October 26th during the evening general session and dinner. Barry was a syndicated columnist for 25 years […]


What is a group purchasing organization? A group purchasing organization (GPO) is an entity that helps healthcare providers-such as hospitals, nursing homes and home health agencies-realize savings and efficiencies by aggregating purchasing volume and using that leverage to negotiate discounts with manufacturers, distributors and other vendors. How is group purchasing used in healthcare ? Hospitals […]