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MedAssets deal seen boosting regional, provider-led GPO;s

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Modern Healthcare reports  “the VHA-UHC Alliance’s planned acquisition of MedAssets’ group purchasing organizations  (GPOs) and consulting business will make health systems reconsider their GPO allegiances and open up the market to disruptive models, experts and industry insiders say.”

Experts say that the deal could push providers “toward smaller, regional GPOs that focus on local sourcing and niches. The mega-GPO created from the merger could lose members who are uncomfortable with the GPO’s size and changes that may come after integrating the two companies.”

One observer noted: “The only way to get your physician-preference item spend under control is to source locally and regionally, and that’s not what a massive org with (VHA-UHC) and MedAssets is going to accomplish.”

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