In response to the “Above and beyond” Special Feature article concerning group purchasing organizations in your Aug. 31 issue (p. S1), Amerinet would like to commend Modern Healthcare for highlighting the critical role GPOs play in reducing costs and improving efficiencies on a regional and national level. Although the response rate to the survey was disappointing, we agree that it is important that the story be told. Amerinet appreciates the effort to provide data that will assist healthcare providers to make educated decisions about working with GPOs. GPOs offer great value to healthcare providers, saving between $36 billion and $64 billion annually. The fact of the matter is that nearly every hospital is working with one or more GPO. This supports the need to continue to educate readers on this vital issue. We recognize that with today's industry challenges, GPOs must work to even better understand the needs of our customers and work in partnership with them to be innovative and effective. As more and more providers are looking to aggregate volume to increase their savings in geographic regions, the number of alliances will continue to grow. GPOs are poised to be a successful component of healthcare reform, offering additional services that result in decreased cost and improved efficiencies, all while improving the quality of care regionally and nationally. The industry welcomes the opportunity to work with Modern Healthcare to develop effective and comprehensive resources that fully communicate the importance of GPOs to the healthcare industry and to the current reform initiative.
Todd EbertPresident and CEOAmerinetSt. Louis