December 2004 Bulletin

Med/surg supplies group purchasing program

Initiative to save you money approved in principle by AAOS

On Oct. 9, 2004, the AAOS Board of Directors reviewed and approved a business plan developed by staff in the department of socioeconomic and state society affairs for a group purchasing program for Academy members. Negotiations are currently underway to finalize the agreement.

The vendor will be a preferred business partner who was selected after extensive due diligence, including a rigorous analysis as set forth in the “Protocol for Evaluating Non-AAOS-Developed Practice Management Products and Services.” The organization is one of four companies that submitted proposals to the Academy to implement a group purchasing program. It ranked higher than the other three candidates on virtually every evaluation criterion.

Assuming contract negotiations are finalized, the vendor will develop the program and roll it out to members during the first quarter of 2005. Watch your mail for notification of the final program. There will also be a link on the AAOS home page to facilitate the registration and product-ordering processes.

The group purchasing program is primarily intended for private practitioners in solo practice and small groups. Initially, the formulary will consist of medical and surgical products that are most frequently ordered by AAOS members in such practices. Gradually, other products will be available as well, including office and certain radiographic supplies. Depending on their current purchasing arrangements, members should experience significant savings on supplies.

Registration is simple and will be available online or via phone or fax. There are no registration, prepayment or usage fees. Orders can be placed online, via phone or fax, or in person from a vendor representative. There is no minimum order to qualify for discounts. The AAOS program is not intended to replace existing supply arrangements but to dovetail with them.

Group purchasing initiatives have been implemented succesfully in several other national medical specialty societies such as the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. AAOS has high expectations this service will be of value to fellows.

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