Praise for GPO re­port

Modern Healthcare - - Opinions Letters -

Your re­cent ar­ti­cle on group pur­chas­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions and the myr­iad ben­e­fits they pro­vide to hos­pi­tals (“Shop­ping for a GPO,” Aug. 29, p. 27) was an ex­cel­lent illustration of GPOs work­ing on be­half of hos­pi­tals in a highly com­pet­i­tive mar­ket­place to de­liver the best prod­ucts and ser­vices at the best value. GPOs ag­gres­sively com­pete to fur­ther drive down costs for hos­pi­tals while in­tro­duc­ing new and in­no­va­tive de­vices to the mar­ket­place.

Hos­pi­tal pur­chas­ing ex­ec­u­tives are in­cred­i­bly skilled shop­pers, and vir­tu­ally all of Amer­ica’s 5,000-plus hos­pi­tals con­tinue to rely on GPOs to make the most of their bud­get dol­lars, re­duce op­er­at­ing costs and in­crease ef­fi­ciency. As fi­nan­cial pres­sure on hos­pi­tals con­tin­ues to mount and as the U.S. con­tin­ues to fo­cus on deficit re­duc­tion, GPOs will play an in­creas­ing role in sav­ing money for hos­pi­tals, Medi­care and tax­pay­ers. Cur­tis Rooney

Pres­i­dent Health In­dus­try Group Pur­chas­ing As­so­ci­a­tion

Wash­ing­ton

Rooney

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