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Rural Health Alliance understands that members need a trusted partner to help them deliver industry-leading value and lower their healthcare expenditures. We work with a wide range of health care facilities and provide aggressive supply chain pricing through members’ choice and flexibility.  Our dedicated client service directors provide superior customer service with a knowledge base that reaches across the continuum of care.

RHA begins the membership process with a value/cost analysis followed by a full implementation to ensure supplier connections to deep discounts.  We maintain communication through newsletters, emails, routine calls as well as site visits as needed.  Customer satisfaction is our priority. We pride ourselves with a 24-48 hour turnaround time for our members.

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Why RHA?

  • Member owned
  • Access to the largest GPO portfolio pricing 
  • Choice and Flexibility for members
  • Access to aggressive supply chain pricing through National GPO Contracts as well as Regional and Local Contracts
  • Dedicated Client Service Representatives
  • Industry-leading value and lower healthcare expenditures

Who it Benefits

Rural Health Alliance has been very successful at negotiating commodity and capital purchases on behalf of members within Hospitals, Surgery Centers, Long Term Care, Clinics, Home Health, Hospice, and Non-Medical. We do collectively what cannot be accomplished individually by obtaining lower prices than member can obtain by purchasing on their own.

Acute Hospitals

Inpatient acute care or chronic care facilities with on-site pharmacies that use pharmaceuticals for their own operations 

  • Hospital 
  • Special Acute (i.e. Long Term Acute Care) 
  • Rehabilitation Skilled Nursing – Provide 24-hour medical and nursing care services 
  • Psychiatric
  • Other facilities that are owned by a Hospital Customer or member of an Integrated Delivery Network may include central depot/distribution facility. 
340B Hospital- Inpatient

A member hospital that has met the 340B Program eligibility requirements and is listed as currently participating in the Federal 340B Program as one of the following Hospital Covered Entity types on the HRSA Office of Pharmacy Affairs website database at http://www.hrsa.gov/opa.

  • DSH – Disproportionate Share Hospital 
  • PED – Children’s Hospital 
  • CAH – Critical Access Hospital 
  • CAN – Free Standing Cancer Hospital 
  • SCH – Sole Community Hospital 
Surgery Centers

Free-standing outpatient facilities with closed pharmacy product procurement for on-site administration only that perform surgical procedures on an outpatient basis. Free-standing surgery centers may also be known as day surgery, same day surgery, or ambulatory surgery centers. 

  • Dialysis Centers 
  • Ambulatory Care Centers 
    • Outpatient Center: provides services to outpatients that can include laboratory or diagnostic testing
    • Surgery Center: provides scheduled surgical services for patients who do not require an overnight hospital stay
    • Oncology Center: provides cancer treatment using drugs or chemicals
    • Dialysis Center: provides renal insufficiency treatment
    • Ambulatory Care Center: non-acute site that provides primary or specialty care
  • Diagnostic Imaging Centers 
  • Radiology Centers 
Long Term Care Facilities and Providers

Provides regular, intermediate care for individuals who do not require the degree of care or treatment of a skilled nursing unit. Nursing homes have either an on-site or an off-site pharmacy. Facilities that use pharmaceuticals for their own operations with no access or sales to the general public. If associated with a Retail pharmacy, is able to separate LTC contract purchases from Retail purchases and track the dispensing of LTC items via computer. Pharmacy is professionally staffed and licensed and provides services to a specific customer base. May include:

  • Retirement Center: provides residential care for the elderly who do not need nursing or medical services but might need some daily living assistance.
  • Skilled Nursing Facility: provides 24-hour medical and nursing care services, therapy and social services under the supervision of a registered nurse.
  • Sub-Acute Facility: provides skilled nursing care for three or more hours per day for patients needing ventilator, enteral, parenteral, respiratory or intravenous therapy. Sub-acute care is the level below that of tertiary or acute care but above care provided by most long-term care facilities. 
  • Hospice: provides palliative care, chiefly medical relief of pain and supportive services for terminally ill patients and their families. Care can be provided for inpatients or at home.
  • Assisted Living Facilities 
Home Health Care

Pharmacies with no access or sales to the general public that dispense medication to be administered to non-hospitalized patients whose care is being managed in the home, nursing home, or ambulatory infusion center. May include specialized providers with contracted services to third-party payors. If associated with a Retail pharmacy, is able to separate Home Health contract purchases from Retail purchases and track the dispensing of Home Health items via computer.

  • Home Health Care: provides home services such as nursing, therapy, and health-related or social services. 
  • Home Infusion: Infusion therapy services provided at home. 
  • Hospice: provides palliative care, chiefly medical relief of pain and supportive services for terminally ill patients and their families. Care can be provided for inpatients or at home. 
  • DME/HME: durable medical equipment for the home based patient. 
Managed Care Plan

HMO and other managed care pharmacies that are financially responsible for business operations with no access by or sales to general public. Work under contract with employers, unions, pharmacy benefit managers, HMOs, Prescription Drug Plans (PDPs), Government Agencies, or other payors to provide prescription drugs to a defined population base of covered lives.

May include Staff Model or Group Model: 
Staff Model - An organized prepaid health care system that delivers health services through a salaried physician group that is employed by the HMO unit. 
Group Model - An organized prepaid health system that contracts with one independent group practice to provide health services. 

Physician Clinic and Office

Physician’s office composed of one or more physicians providing patient care in an office or clinic setting. Routine medication use intended as on site only.

  • Clinical or Medical Group: special medical clinics servicing a target population including family and general physician practices. 
  • Physician’s Office: physicians who provide patient care and services in an office or office building.
Correctional Providers

 Facilities that use pharmaceuticals for their own operations with no access or sales to the general public. Pharmacy is appropriately licensed and providing services to a correctional facility. If associated with a Retail pharmacy, is able to separate correctional contract purchases from Retail purchases and track the dispensing of correctional items via computer. 

Oncology Facility/Cancer Treatment Center

Acute care hospitals, oncology clinics, oncology centers, or other physician offices or clinics that provide cancer treatment using pharmacologic agents on an outpatient basis. Services provided may include laboratory or diagnostic testing and prescription dispensing. 

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