U.S. Communities

Premier

Pharmaceutical, Medical Equipment, Supplies and Distribution Program

 

 

REQUEST A MARKET BASKET
ANALYSIS

A Market Basket Analysis can help you compare products and pricing to better understand the value of this contract. We encourage you to take this step to show you how this contract compares to what you are currently paying. LEARN MORE

 
  • Phone: 877-981-3312
  • Fax: 886-809-9247
Overview

Driving Savings on Pharmaceutical and Medical/Surgical Supplies

Many public entities are challenged with tighter budgets, limited resources and high expectations. You are tasked to save dollars, drive competitive bid processes and manage supplier relationships. To help manage these challenges, Premier designed a program designed just for you. Awarded by Dane County, utilize a portfolio of 1,390 agreements focused on:

Benefits include:

  • Leveraging Premier’s $41 billion in member volume to achieve competitive pricing
  • Access to manufacturer discounts with more than 290 pharmaceutical manufacturers and 1,100 medical equipment and supply manufacturers
  • Negotiated pricing from an internal team of contract directors and managers saving public entities time and expense
  • Maximizing program effectiveness with educational tools and resources
  • Receiving full transparency of cost (credits, value added programs, rebates and discounts) on all products and services purchased through the program
  • Comprehensive portfolio exceeding 1,390 agreements and more than 100,000 products with no hidden fees

Additionally, access various cost management solutions, technology tools, educational tools and resources beyond our pricing programs. These resources assist in driving operational efficiencies and savings.

Meet your delivery needs with many distribution options. Manage your budgets. Benefit from educational tools and resources to help save costs. Receive full pricing transparency with no hidden fees.

Recently, Maricopa County has completed an analysis of the new U.S. Communities Premier Healthcare contract versus the presently used county cooperative contract.  Without changing vendors, only cooperative contract vehicles, the county will save an estimated $100,000 annually."
James Foley, Deputy Chief Procurement Officer, Maricopa County   

Shipping & Distribution

Premier offers a national and regional distribution program so your agency quickly and effectively receives needed products. Access Premier and U.S. Communities’ primary distributors, McKesson  and AmerisourceBergen. These organizations were selected for their ability to understand and service a public agency. You are not limited to primary distributors. You can access additional distributors with Premier agreements. Distributors work with manufacturers with Premier agreements so your agency receive the best pricing.

Your current distributors may have a Premier agreement. Even if you buy the same items from the same distributors, you may save.

Request a market basket to see the comparison.

Getting Started

Premier offers over 1,390 agreements and 100,000 products. To find out the pricing your agency can receive, request a market basket.

What is a market basket? It’s an analysis of your top medical purchases. Premier will match up your items with items available on the Premier agreement showing you the savings. This is the most efficient way to demonstrate how the program will meet your needs. Once you have become a member, you will have the option to look at more than 1,390 agreements.

Request a Market Basket Analysis

Clicking on the link above to request a market basket analysis and completing the form provides Premier with high-level information on your purchases. It also allows you to accept the confidentiality of the market basket. Below is the information that will be requested to start the process:

  • Estimated Annual Medical -Surgical Supply and Pharmaceutical purchases
  • Primary and Secondary (if applicable) Medical-Surgical Supply Distributor and/or Pharmacy Wholesaler
  • Scheduled Deliveries Per Week

Once the online form is completed, the Premier team will follow-up and walk you through the exact product level purchased information that is needed to provide a market basket that shows your customized pricing. Learn more about the guidelines and data requested for a market basket.

Don’t need to compare pricing? Interested in the program? Enroll now. Become a part of the Premier community and start saving.

Enrollment form

Benefits

Why Premier?
A Malcolm Baldridge and Ethisphere award winner, Premier is an advocate for U.S. Communities participants. Premier offers a wide selection of products, equipment and solutions to meet your clinical needs. Pricing reduces goods and services costs for you.

Agreements are competitively bid every three years. A membership committee evaluates and awards these agreements. The committee includes Premier members from pharmacy, supply chain, nursing and other healthcare staff.

Benefits

  • Contracted pricing and distribution partners
  • Collective purchasing power and contracting process
  • Reduced administrative overhead and operational efficiencies
  • Comprehensive portfolio exceeding 1,390 agreements and more than 100,000 products
  • Cost transparency on all pharmacy products and services
  • Catalog of reporting tools
  • Flexible and customized program
  • Solutions and savings support from our Contract Advisors 

 Educational Resources 

  • Premier Safety Institute®: The Premier Safety Institute provides resources about emerging safety concerns (like Ebola). 
  • Action for Better Healthcare: Action for Better Healthcare, a blog from Premier, Inc., is the go-to source for healthcare insights and trends.  
  • Annual Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition: Annual national performance improvement conference, drawing more than 4,000 attendees from Premier’s member hospitals and suppliers.
  • Advisor Live® webinar series: Interactive webinars on a variety of hot topics. 
  • Monthly member educational webcasts: Complimentary webcasts offer an interactive opportunity for knowledge advancement. 
  • Pharmacy communication platform: Premier hosts pharmacy webinars for Premier members to create a forum for knowledge-sharing related to innovative practices that will safeguard patient care and minimize resource consumption. 
FAQs

Why Premier?
Premier is a group purchasing organization helping members achieve cost savings and efficiencies. A Malcolm Baldridge and Ethisphere award winner, Premier is an advocate for U.S. Communities participants. Premier leverages member volume to help you save on goods and services. Premier offers a wide selection of products, equipment and solutions to meet all clinical needs. Premier is one of the largest and most successful group purchasing organizations today.  

What is a group purchasing organization (GPO)? 
A GPO (Group Purchasing Organization) is an organization that assists their members in realizing savings and efficiencies. GPOs aggregate purchasing volume and negotiate discounts. GPOs do not purchase or buy any products. They negotiate agreements with manufacturers, distributors and suppliers on behalf of their membership.

Can a public agency join a GPO? 
Yes, any public agency can participate in a group purchasing organization. However, they are responsible for compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations. This includes open, fair and competitive procurement (informal or formal) of GPO services.

What is the Premier Pharmaceutical, Medical Equipment, Supply and Distribution Program?
This program is a proven, 20+ year purchasing program. It includes:

  • aggressive national distribution program
  • discounted contracted manufacturer agreements
  • technology solutions
  • cost management solutions
  • satisfaction surveys
  • educational tools and resources

What are the principal advantages of the program?

  1. Lower prices providing immediate savings on expenditures using Premier’s manufacturer agreements
  2. Price protection and ongoing monitoring of market conditions
  3. Leveraging Premier’s collective purchasing power and contracting process
  4. Access to a comprehensive portfolio exceeding 1,390 agreements and more than 100,000 products
  5. Full transparency of cost (credits, rebates and discounts) on all pharmacy products and services 

What categories are included in the program?

  • Brand Pharmaceuticals
  • Generic Pharmaceuticals
  • Over- the-counter Pharmaceuticals
  • Medical Equipment
  • Medical Supplies

Is there a fee to join or use your service?
There is no fee to join the program. Participation is voluntary. Purchase the items you need using pre-negotiated, contracted pricing. 

How do I see Premier pricing?
If you need to compare pricing, Premier offers a market basket analysis. This is the simplest way to determine if the program is correct for your organization. 

Request a Market Basket Analysis 

Don’t need to compare pricing and ready to enroll?

Complete an Enrollment Form

How do I enroll?
To purchase, registration is required with U.S. Communities. Registration is fast, easy and free. There are no fees or commitments to join. CLICK HERE  to register. Once registered, go to www.premierinc.com/healthcare-uscommunities. Select JOIN NOW, complete and submit the online registration form. A Premier representative will contact you once your registration has been finalized. You will receive assistance with account set up to include connecting to one of our distributors.

More information, call 877.981.3312 or email uscommunities@premierinc.com

Are there reporting tools available? 
Yes, Premier has numerous reporting tools on their supplier agreement site. Participants can see purchases by specific location or roll purchases into one master account if there are multiple locations. This information can be in total, by manufacturer or by products. 

How would this program be different from one a participating member might be using today?
This program is a single source supplier vs. multiple distributors awarded by line item bids. A prime vendor type relationship reduces ordering time, invoice processing and number of deliveries to facilities. This helps increase overall productivity and efficiencies, operational performance and savings. 

Who are the distributors with Premier agreements?
Premier offers a national and regional distribution program. Premier and U.S. Communities’ primary distributors are McKesson  and AmerisourceBergen. But it’s not limited to primary distributors. Participants have access to additional distributors with Premier agreements. There are 16 pharmaceutical distributors and 20 Med/Surg distributors.

What are Contracted Manufacturer Agreements (CMAs)?
Contracted Manufacturer Agreements (CMA) are agreements that Premier has negotiated with medical and pharmacy supply and equipment manufacturers through a competitive bid process to provide savings to our members. Most are three year agreements, which allows a balance of price protection and terms with flexibility to respond to changes in the market. Premier has more than 1390 Contracted Manufacturer Agreements for your use covering everything from gauze dressing to MRI’s. This is the core of the Premier program leveraging the overall volume of over $40 billion dollars of contracted purchase on behalf of our members. Premier uses a formal bidding process with awards decided by our member committees. Committees are comprised of subject matter experts who utilize their knowledge to guide sound decisions for our members.

Pricing

Premier provides more than 1,390 contracted manufacturer agreements for products and services. Supplies are sold directly to you or through distributors. Distribution needs will vary. And there’s no fixed price for all. Pay for what you need.

These agreements are negotiated to maximize the benefits for all members. They are managed with careful oversight and price monitoring at all times. Agreements are negotiated to determine cost into distribution. They have various controls built in to protect against extreme market fluctuations. 

Want to know if this program for you? Want to see tailored pricing?

Request a Market Basket Analysis 

What is a market basket? It’s an analysis of your top medical purchases. We will match up your items with items available on the Premier agreement showing you the savings. This is the most efficient way to demonstrate how the program will meet your needs. Once you have become a member, you will have the option to look at more than 1,390 agreements.

Request a Market Basket Analysis 

Clicking on the link above to request a market basket analysis and completing the form provides us with high-level information on your purchases. It also allows you to accept the confidentiality of the market basket. We’ll request the following information to start the process:

  • Estimated Annual Medical -Surgical Supply and Pharmaceutical purchases
  • Primary and Secondary (if applicable) Medical-Surgical Supply Distributor and/or Pharmacy Wholesaler
  • Scheduled Deliveries Per Week

Once the online form is completed, we’ll follow-up and walk you through the exact product level purchased information that we will need in order to provide a market basket that shows your customized pricing. Click here for more detail

Don’t need to compare pricing? Interested in the program? Enroll now. Become a part of the Premier community and start saving.

Enrollment Form

NARCAN® Nasal Spray

Newly-Approved Treatment Available Through Discount Program


NARCAN® Nasal Spray, is the only FDA-approved, ready-to-use nasal spray version of naloxone hydrochloride. This medication is used along with emergency medical treatment to reverse the life-threatening effects of opiate (narcotic) overdose. NARCAN Nasal Spray, a ready-to-use, needle-free device, delivers a 4 mg dose of naloxone in a single 0.1 ml nasal spray. NARCAN Nasal Spray requires no assembly or priming prior to use.

Distributor: NARCAN Nasal Spray by Adapt Pharma is available through the Premier, Inc. contract, through Adapt Pharma's exclusive distributor partner, Smith Medical Partners.

Pricing: This discounted program is an effort to provide affordable access to NARCAN for entities that serve the public interest with limited funding. Public interest pricing at a 40% discount, or $37.50 per dose ($75 for a 2 pack carton)*.

Next Steps: U.S. Communities participating agencies must sign participation documents for Premier’s Medical Surgical and Pharmaceutical Group Purchasing Program. 

Discounted Drug Program: NARCAN is just one product in a comprehensive program to reduce the costs of medical products used by participating agencies. Contact Premier for additional information on other products or visit the Naloxone or Viekira Pak details. 

DOWNLOAD FLYER        NARCAN INFORMATION        CONTACT PREMIER 

 

 
 

Subject to terms and conditions including minimum order.

Naloxone

Industry-leading Discounts Through Premier, Inc.

Premier offers industry-leading discounts for naloxone and medications containing buprenorphine. Naloxone is used along with emergency medical treatment to reverse the life-threatening effects of opiate (narcotic) overdose. Buprenorphine alone and the combination of buprenorphine and naloxone prevent withdrawal symptoms when someone stops taking opioid drugs by producing similar effects to these drugs.

Next Steps: U.S. Communities participating agencies must be a member of Premier  Premier and complete the Medical Surgical and Pharmaceutical Enrollment Form. Two primary distribution options are available through McKesson Medical or AmerisourceBergen. A customer account with the distributors will need to be established. A Premier customer service representative can put you in touch with the appropriate representative.

DOWNLOAD FLYER             COMBATING DRUG ABUSE

 

 

Get started. Questions? Call 877.981.3312 or email uscommunities@premierinc.com
 

Colorado Naloxone for Life Initiative is a statewide partnership to save lives by making NARCAN, the nasal spray of Naloxone, available for use by law enforcement and other first responders across the state. Read the press release and learn more about how they implemented the Colorado Naloxone for Life plan to help reverse this deadly trend. The NARCAN rescue kits were purchased through the U.S. Communities' Premier contract.