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The Healthcare Supply Chain Association (HSCA), formally HIGPA, is a broad-based trade association that represents 14 group purchasing organizations, including for-profit and not-for-profit corporations, purchasing groups, associations, multi-hospital systems and healthcare provider alliances. A group purchasing organization (GPO) is an entity that helps healthcare providers — such as hospitals, nursing homes and home health agencies — realize savings and efficiencies by aggregating purchasing volume and using that leverage to negotiate discounts with manufacturers, distributors and other vendors.

The Advisory Board Company is the leading provider of comprehensive performance improvement services to the health care and education sectors—including operational best practices and insights, business intelligence and analytic tools, management training, unbiased technology evaluation, and consulting support. Drawing on nearly three decades of experience, The Advisory Board Company is privileged to serve a membership of more than 2,800 organizations—including preeminent hospitals, health systems and universities—all sharing a charter "above commerce,” a commitment to best-practice standards, and an unyielding insistence on continual improvement.

Medical Distribution Solutions, Inc. (MDSI) is a leading publishing and content company providing information, communication and educational services to providers, manufacturers and distributors involved in the business of healthcare. Founded in 1994 with the introduction of its flagship product, Repertoire Magazine, MDSI has become a full service provider of products and solutions its customers use to increase profitability, market share and mind share