Prime Source GPO Membership Application Agreement
Membership Agreement Content
As evidenced by, and effective upon, by reading and agreeing this Prime Source GPO Membership Application, the member identified on this application (the “Member”) hereby agrees to abide by the terms of this GPO Membership Application with Prime Source National Corporation d/b/a Prime Source GPO (“PSG”) and the PSG GPO terms and conditions (“GPO Terms and Conditions”) on behalf of itself and its subsidiaries and affiliates, if any, identified in this membership application (“Participating Facilities”). Collectively, the Prime Source GPO Membership Application and Prime Source GPO Terms and Conditions are referred to as this “Agreement.”
- Participation in GPO Program. PSG is a group purchasing organization (“GPO”) that provides group purchasing programs through which Member and Participating Facilities may purchase certain products and services (“Covered Products and Services”) from participating vendors (“Vendors”) with whom PSG contracts (“Vendor Contracts”). Member hereby engages PSG to act as its Primary GPO (as such term is defined in the GPO Terms and Conditions) and is hereby granted access to Vendor Contracts, pursuant to which Member and/or Participating Facilities may purchase Covered Products and Services available thereunder for use by Member and Participating Facilities. Member represents and warrants that all Covered Products and Services purchased, licensed, or leased by Member and/or Participating Facilities under Vendor Contracts will be for their own use in the provision of services by Member and/or Participating Facilities, and not for resale or distribution to third parties other than in the course of furnishing facility-related services.
- Vendor Contracts. Member hereby authorizes PSG, as its GPO agent, to: (i) negotiate the terms of, enter into,cancel, or modify any Vendor Contracts as it deems necessary, advisable, or appropriate; (ii) receive from Vendors data relating to purchases of Covered Products and Services under Vendor Contracts by Member and Participating Facilities; and (iii) collect certain rebates and utilize good faith efforts to collect rebates payable on Member’s and Participating Facilities’ purchases through Vendor Contracts. Member acknowledges that Vendors shall have final right of approval over Member’s and each Participating Facility’s participation under Vendor Contracts. Member hereby agrees to be bound to any and all letters of commitment, letters of participation, or any other similar document executed by Member and intended to evidence Member’s and Participating Facilities’ intended participation in a Vendor Contract. Member agrees that PSG is acting as a negotiator and will neither take title to, nor be obligated to pay for, any products and/or services whatsoever by virtue of this Agreement or any order placed or purchases made by Member or any Participating Facilities. Member (and not PSG) shall be solely responsible for compliance with Vendor Contract terms and conditions and Member shall be solely liable for all purchases and orders made pursuant to any Vendor Contracts. The provisions of this Section shall survive termination or expiration of this Agreement.
- Compliance with Laws. Member and Participating Facilities shall comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations (“Applicable Laws”).
- GPO Fees. PSG hereby informs Member and Member acknowledges that, for administrative and other services provided by PSG, PSG will receive payment of fees from Vendors from which Member and Participating Facilities purchase Covered Goods and Services (“GPO Fees”) of three percent (3%) or less of the purchase prices of the Covered Goods and Services provided by those Vendors to Member and Participating Facilities. In the event that a Vendor Contract involves GPO Fees payable to PSG that exceed three percent (3%) of the purchase price of Covered Goods or Services purchased by Member and Participating Facilities, PSG will, on the PSG “Fees Disclosure” document located on its website at www.primesourcegpo.com and incorporated herein by reference, specify the amount (or, if not known, the maximum amount) that PSG will be paid by such Vendor for such purchases. PSG shall disclose in writing to Member at least annually, and to the Secretary of Health and Human Services upon request, the amount of GPO Fees received from each Vendor with respect to purchases made by or on behalf of Member and Participating Facilities in accordance with the federal Anti-Kickback Statute regulations applicable to GPOs (42 C.F.R. § 1001.952(j)).
- Term and Termination. This Agreement will remain in effect commencing on the date signed by the Member until terminated pursuant to the terms of this Agreement. In the event of a breach of any provision of this Agreement by Member or any Participating Facility, PSG shall notify Member in writing of the specific nature of the breach and if Member or the breaching Participating Facility does not cure the breach within thirty (30) days of receiving such notice, PSG may immediately terminate this Agreement. Either party may terminate this Agreement without cause or penalty upon written notice to the other party. Upon termination of this Agreement for any reason whatsoever, PSG shall have no further obligations under this Agreement to Member or Participating Facilities (except as noted herein), and this Agreement shall be null and void and without any force or effect. Termination shall not preclude PSG from pursuing any and all remedies available to it at law or equity.
- General. This Agreement may only be amended by a written agreement bearing handwritten signatures of authorized agents of each of the parties and expressing an intent to be bound by the terms of such an amendment, except that the GPO Terms and Conditions may be modified in accordance with its terms. A facsimile or scanned copy of a handwritten signature shall be sufficient for purposes of this Agreement. This Agreement, including all exhibits referenced herein, constitutes the entire understanding and agreement between the parties concerning the subject matter hereof, and supersedes all prior negotiations, agreements and understandings between the parties, whether oral or in writing, concerning the subject matter hereof. The terms on any exhibits, attachments, quotations, proposals, or pre-printed form documents between PSG and Member shall have no effect and the terms of this Agreement shall control. In the event of a conflict between the terms of this GPO Participation Agreement and the GPO Terms and Conditions, the GPO Terms and Conditions shall control and govern. Any waiver of a breach of any provision(s) of this Agreement shall not be deemed effective unless in writing and signed by the party against whom enforcement of the waiver is sought. Member shall not assign, subcontract, delegate or otherwise transfer this Agreement or any of its rights or obligations hereunder, without PSG’s prior written consent. This Agreement shall be binding upon and shall inure to the benefit of the parties hereto and their respective successors and permitted assigns. If any part of this Agreement shall be determined to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable by any valid act of Congress or act of any state legislature or by any regulation duly promulgated by the United States or a state acting in accordance with the law, or declared null and void by any court of competent jurisdiction, then such part shall be reformed, if possible, to conform to the law and, in any event, the remaining parts of this Agreement shall be fully effective and operative insofar as reasonably possible
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Emerging Trends In Healthcare Technology
How Tech Is Changing Healthcare As We Know It
April 25, 2019
It is quite an amazing time to be a part of the healthcare industry. Times are changing and the recent massive technological advances have carried over into healthcare just like it has with many other industries. For a long time now, healthcare executives have felt that the importance placed upon technological involvement the field has been lacking. Especially since the cooperation between the two can produce, and indeed have been producing, incredible opportunities and results. Here are a few trends to keep an eye on as the industry continues to shift toward a more technologically driven future.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has made incredible strides in growing and perfecting its usability. Now is an excellent time to incorporate its uses for better purposes. The use of artificial intelligence within the healthcare industry is expected to grow rapidly at an annual rate of 40% through 2021 – to $6.6 Billion, from approximately $600 Million in 2014.
- The main uses of artificial intelligence would be the following:
• Reminders: Great for helping patients take medication within a specific timeframe.
• Identify people at high risk: Discovering those in need of medical intervention and trigger
medical staff alerts to create custom care plans.
• Deliver personalized dosage recommendations: Based on each patient’s unique body
chemistry and associated environmental factors.
Interoperability is the ability of computer systems or software to exchange and make use of information. The U.S. ONC Information Block Rule requires health insurers to increase access to shareable information by 2020. This will provide the industry with key health information exchange. It will also promote education and awareness surrounding interoperability and standards. Finally, it will allow others to collaborate and integrate their own information, creating more opportunity across the healthcare system.
Telehealth is the use of digital information and communication technologies, like computers and mobile devices, to access health care services remotely and manage your health. These pieces of technology can be things used from your home or what a doctor can use to improve your services. About 50% of hospitals have telehealth solutions, and the others are expected to adopt these technologies in the coming years.
CONSUMER & CONNECTED HEALTH
Wearable tech is becoming increasingly more common. Fitbit, Apple Watch, and glucose monitors are the force behind remote patient monitoring and is now a $31.3 billion industry. Voice search is also popular, with 1 in 6 Americans now owning a smart speaker and 40% of adults using voice search once a day – it’s important to focus on voice-enabled solutions.
Information is now being shared across the healthcare system more than ever before, and the value of this has attracted cyber criminals. The demand for healthcare cyber security vendors has skyrocketed and will continue with the new regulations for the promoting of shared information.
BI & FI ANALYTICS
Clinical business intelligence (BI) is the process of applying data analytics to patient medical records through various systems with the goal of improving medical care. Financial business intelligence (FI) is similar to BI, it helps financial managers spend less time collecting financial and operational data and more time modeling scenarios and forecasting results. It gives businesses a complete overview so that executives can see numbers from each customer and process quickly and make strategic decisions correctly.
BI and FI solutions have seen a 20% and 13% increases since 2013, respectively, and is expected to grow significantly.
When it comes to the merging of technology and healthcare in 2019, there is a lot to look forward to. The advances in technology have opened up some incredible opportunities and possibilities. Is it a little unnerving? Possibly. And there will be those who choose not to accept these changes, but as Bob Dylan sings, “Your old road is rapidly agin’. Please get out of the new one if you can’t lend your hand, for the times they are a-changin’.”