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VNAA Purchase Clinic Program FAQs

Questions Before Joining
Q: What happened to the VNAA Member Value Plan (MVP)?
A: We are transitioning from the old Member Value Plan (MVP) to a new program called the VNAA Purchase Clinic Program. Like the MVP, the VNAA Purchase Clinic program utilizes the MedAssets contract portfolio. The new program leverages a significant investment to upgrade VNAA member service and offers members increased access to cost-saving contracts through a new online contract marketplace. This new technology platform utilizes the MedAssets contract portfolio. The new program also allows you to manage supplier and contract access.
Q: What is a GPO?
A: A group purchasing organization (or GPO) is an entity created to leverage the purchasing power of a group of businesses (members) to obtain discounts from vendors.
Q: Why Purchase Clinic?
A: VNAA continually evaluates its member value programs and partnerships. We created the VNAA Purchase Clinic Program as a GPO platform to complement the existing MedAssets relationship based on member feedback and to strengthen this member benefit. The VNAA Purchase Clinic program staff is dedicated to creating unique and exclusive member value, which includes aggregated pricing from within the MedAssets portfolio, as well as customer service to ensure members take advantage this unique savings opportunity.
Q: Why Purchase Clinic?
A: VNAA continually evaluates its member value programs and partnerships. Purchase Clinic was selected as a GPO platform to complement the MedAssets relationship based on member feedback. The VNAA Purchase Clinic program staff is dedicated to creating a unique and exclusive member value, which includes aggregated pricing from within the MedAssets portfolio, as well as customer service to ensure members take advantage this unique savings opportunity.
Q: What is MedAssets?
A: MedAssets is a GPO. The VNAA Purchase Clinic program will continue to utilize the MedAssets contract portfolio, which leverages over $50 billion in spend from over 140,000 health care organizations and providers.
Q: Which products and services are available through VNAA Purchase Clinic Program?
A: VNAA members have access to thousands of different supplies and services in the following areas:
  • Medical Supplies and Services
  • Food Services
  • Pharmacy Services
  • Housekeeping Supplies, Services and Equipment
  • Capital Equipment
  • Hospice Supplies and Services
  • Infusion Supplies and Services
  • Home Care Supplies and Services
  • Durable Medical Equipment
  • And much more
For a full list of contracts, simply go to www.vnaa.org/purchaseclinic and click on the "login" link.
Costs
Q: How much does it cost to participate in the VNAA Purchase Clinic Program?
A: Nothing. Your VNAA member dues are your ticket to participate in the VNAA Purchase Clinic Program.
Q: How much money can I save using the VNAA Purchase Clinic Program?
A: It all depends on the level at which your agency participates. Pricing is based on tiers. Our VNAA Purchase Clinic Program staff will work with you and your distributors/suppliers to access the best eligible tier and will identify opportunities for your organization to consolidate categories to achieve higher tiers.
Q: Do I have to commit to anything to have the ability to see savings from the VNAA Purchase Clinic Program?
A: You do not have to commit to purchase anything to receive access to the program, which you receive when you sign when you complete your VNAA Purchase Clinic Program registration. When you sign up with the VNAA Purchase Clinic Program, you have not commited to purchase anything. After registration, our VNAA Purchase Clinic Program staff will work with you and your distributors/suppliers to access the best eligible tier and will identify opportunities for your organization to consolidate categories to achieve higher tiers. If you are already purchasing at an advanced tier, you will be granted access based upon your commitment level. The VNAA Purchase Clinic Program takes advantage of aggregated tiers based upon commitment level or percentage, rather than total sales. This allows VNAA's smallest members to take advantage of the same pricing that MedAssets largest health systems receive.
Q: Can I participate in any other GPO as well?
A: Yes. Participating in the VNAA Purchase Clinic Program does not preclude any VNAA member from participating in any other GPOs.
Q: What if I'm already a MedAssets member, can I switch to the VNAA Purchase Clinic Program?
A: It depends on the entity with who you are associated, and who has signed the current MedAssets Affiliation Agreement. If you are part of a hospital system, or other large provider network, chances are that you are already receiving the savings the VNAA Purchase Clinic Program offers. Please contact Leah Dawson or the VNAA Purchase Clinic staff to discuss this situation.
Q: When can I start participating in the VNAA Purchase Clinic Program?
A: You can enroll to participate in the VNAA Purchase Clinic Program at any time by going to www.vnaa.org/purchaseclinic.
Q: Can I opt-out of the VNAA Purchase Clinic Program?
A: Yes, you can. The agreements are automatically renewed at the 12-month anniversary unless termination notice is given no less than 90 days from the anniversary date. Since the agreement does not commit you to purchase anything, you will not be in violation of the agreement should you choose not to utilize it.
Q: Do I have to participate in the VNAA Purchase Clinic Program?
A: No, participating in the VNAA Purchase Clinic Program is voluntary.
Q: How do I participate in the Program?
A: If you wish to participate in the VNAA Purchase Clinic Program (whether you are already a MedAssets member, or not a current MedAssets member), please visit www.vnaa.org/purchaseclinic and click on the "Sign Up" link to complete the short enrollment form and electronically sign the Terms of Service and Participation Agreement. If you are an existing MVP MedAssets member, you can still access the program and your enrollments/contracts will remain in place. However, if you sign up for this new program, we will be able to serve you more efficiently; saving everyone time and energy.
Q: If I sign up with the Purchase Clinic Program, am I obligated to purchase something?
A: By accessing MedAssets contracts you have the opportunity to lower costs and to take advantage of aggregated purchasing, but there is no obligation.
Administrative Questions
Q: What is a Participation Agreement (PA)?
A: The PA is a contract that each VNAA member will need to sign in order to participate in the VNAA Purchase Clinic Program. It will also allow VNAA staff to share exclusive pricing and cost savings data with your agency. By signing the PA the VNAA member is becoming a member of MedAssets, or for existing members, allows access to the of the VNAA Purchase Clinic Program. Signing the PA does not commit VNAA members to anything other than to maintain the confidentiality of any pricing shared with them. This is not an exclusive contract, and they are not required to purchase anything under this contract.
Q: Why do I have to sign this Participation Agreement (PA)?
A: The PA's main purpose is to make your agency a MedAssets participating Member, and allows MedAssets to inform vendors that your agency is eligible for savings. Furthermore, due to disclosure issues, you will not be able to see any prices available through the program without a signed PA. Signing the PA requires no purchase commitment from you. Ultimately, membership and a signature is required to meet the safe harbor provisions of any GPO.
Q: What is a Commitment Form, or Letter of Commitment (LOC)?
A: The Letter of Commitment form is a signed agreement between a vendor with whom MedAssets has a contract (e.g. McKesson or Covidien), and you, the Member. Without this letter, you will not be able to access greater savings above "Access" pricing. Typically such a commitment will require committing to either a dollar amount, or more likely, a commitment to purchasing a certain percentage of that type of supply. Logically, the more you commit to purchasing, the better the price of that item will be. The LOCs are typically located within your VNAA Purchase Clinic account under the description of each contract. This can be accessed by going to www.purchaseclinic.com/VNAA. It will most likely be easier for you to ask your distributor or local manufacturer's representative for assistance with LOCs. You can also contact VNAA Purchase Clinic staff for assistance with LOCs.
Q: Why do I have to sign a Letter of Commitment (LOC)?
A: You do not have to sign a Letter of Commitment. However, by signing a Letter of Commitment with a vendor, you are opening your agency to greater savings on those items.
Questions After Joining
Q: Will I be able to continue tracking my agency's spend?
A: Yes, since you are most likely tracking this information through your current distributor, you will be able to continue to track spend for your facility, as well as other owned facilities in this manner. Nothing will change.
Q: Can I keep using my favorite distributor/supplier/vendor?
A: The chances are very good that you will be able to continue doing business with your favorite vendors, distributors and suppliers. It depends on whether your vendor does business with MedAssets. MedAssets has contracts with over 2,000 individual health care related vendors, and most manufacturers with whom you presently do business should be represented. On average, we find 75% of your supply and service relationships will already have a contract with MedAssets and will be eligible for savings.
Q: What if a vendor or distributor that I use does not participate in this plan?
A: You can continue to use that vendor and still participate in the VNAA Purchase Clinic Program. You can also invite them to join by referring them to MedAssets.
Q: How are non-medical supplies distributed?
A: It depends on the vendor, but the vast majority of non-medical supplies, such as office supplies, are distributed directly from the vendor. For example, if your agency orders under the Staples contract, orders are fulfilled directly by Staples.
Q: If I have problems with a vendor, who do I contact?
A: We recommend that you contact that vendor directly or work through that vendor's local representative. However, please feel free to contact support by emailing [email protected]
 or calling 1.844.899.VNAA.
Q: If I need help figuring out prices, who do I call?
A: Contact your local distributor representative or local manufacturer's representative. You can also contact support at [email protected]
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Q: Who can I call with questions?
A: Please email any questions related to the VNAA Purchase Clinic Program to [email protected].
. You may also call 1.844.899.VNAA.

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