At The Resource Group, we do not refer to those we serve as “customers” or “clients” – this implies an “us and them” mentality. Our work is collaborative and requires active participation in the process. Therefore, we refer to those we serve as “Participants.”
We commit to working side by side with your leaders, associates, physicians, and clinicians to ensure caregivers are engaged participating in our User-Directed Strategic Sourcing process and sharing in the successes we accomplish together.
Why Become a Participant of The Resource Group?
- Access to the industry’s most competitive contract portfolio, including national Physician Preference Item (PPI) contracts, that covers 90% of non-payroll spend
- Implementation of proven operations and logistics processes across resource and supply management to drive and maintain efficiencies
- On-site expertise and change management through the embedded Value Realization team that collaborates with your physicians, clinicians, leaders, and associates
The Resource Group saves Participants 8 to 18% on supplies and purchased services
Our Participants Include:
- Community Hospitals
- Academic Medical Centers
- Regional Integrated Delivery Networks
- National Health Systems
- Critical Access Hospitals
- Ambulatory Surgery Centers
- Physicians Clinics
Group Purchasing Organization Information
What is The Resource Group GPO?
The Resource Group GPO is the first wholly-owned healthcare GPO permitted by the Office of Inspector General (OIG). As both an aggregator and consumer of its products and services, The Resource Group focuses on listening to Participants' needs, creating contracts that meet those needs and then implementing programs that improve costs and variation while supporting quality and safety. This approach allows The Resource Group Participants to redirect savings back to patient care. The Safe Harbor opinion set forth by the OIG regarding The Resource Group GPO may be found at https://oig.hhs.gov/fraud/docs/advisoryopinions/2012/AdvOpn12-01.pdf
What are administrative fees?
Administrative fees are designed to cover operating expenses incurred while The Resource Group contracts on behalf of its Participants. The Safe Harbor opinion set forth by the OIG found that administrative fees are not considered a kickback or inducement to buy, provided that administrative fees remain below 3% and that the GPO annually discloses the amount of administrative fee received from each vendor. The OIG opinion also states that GPOs may distribute a portion of received administrative fees to their customers or Participants. The Participants of The Resource Group include but are not limited to the Health Ministries of Ascension, which may receive a portion of the administrative fees.