New Partnerships Help Community Health Centers Save
By Medline Newsroom Staff | October 8, 2018
Community health centers in Michigan and New Mexico see thousands and thousands of patients a year, documenting millions of visits for desperately needed medical, dental, behavioral and even vision services. A majority of their funding comes from Medicare and Medicaid, as well as federal grants. In Michigan, more than 90 percent of those patients are low-income which means these clinics rely heavily on government dollars.
Savings in Two States
Saving on medical supplies and products is critical for the 45 health centers in Michigan, and over 160 clinics in New Mexico, and their purchasing power just increased. The Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) and the New Mexico Primary Care Association (NMPCA) announced the addition of Medline to its portfolio of vendors through the National Association of Community Health Centers’ (NACHC) Value in Purchasing (ViP) Program.
Stronger Purchasing Power
NMPCA’s goal is to its members’ ability to deliver high quality, cost effective, comprehensive primary care to the state’s most vulnerable populations.
“Adding Medline to our existing portfolio further strengthens our purchasing program and provides our member health centers with yet another vendor from whom they can purchase needed medical supplies,” says Debbie Rochford, NMPCA’s Member Services Director. “Not only will Medline honor ViP’s deep discounts on supplies for health centers, but through Medline health centers now have a partner who specializes in serving the primary care or ambulatory clinic market. It is a true win for NMPCA and Medline, but more importantly our member health centers.”
The ViP Program is simple, user friendly and in most cases health centers will quickly start experiencing savings. There are no membership fees to join, no contractual obligations and the program requires minimum implementation to save time. NACHC says the program saves health centers money by leveraging the national purchasing power of health centers to negotiate discounted contracts with vendors, like Medline, and addressing nearly everything a health center would need to run their operations.
Watch how Medline helped a community health center in rural Ohio realize cost savings while delivering quality outcomes.