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 and efficient procurement practices in an open and competitive market within the health industry.
Education: Provide educational opportunities designed to improve efficiencies in the purchase, sale and utilization of all goods and services within the health industry.
Ethics: Uphold the ethical conduct of business practices within the industry through standards adopted in a Code of Conduct intended to strengthen the integrity of healthcare delivery.
Information: Enhance the awareness of members’ efforts to support the delivery of high quality, cost effective healthcare.
Liaison: Promote meaningful dialogue between health industry organizations engaged in group purchasing and other industry entities on issues of mutual interest.