Contracting councils, advisory councils, expert panels and task forces

Vizient™ operates a clinically integrated, member-led sourcing process to ensure that collectively, our strategies, products, services, programmatic offerings and national contract portfolio provide members with industry-leading value.

By giving as many members as possible a voice in our contracting outcomes, we help ensure that our contracts meet the needs of the greatest majority of our members.

Opportunities to participate

Role of contracting councils

  • Determine request for proposal (RFP) requirements and establish financial and nonfinancial decision criteria for bids
  • Score bids and authorize awards based on council consensus and operate under the American Bar Association Model Procurement Code
  • Operate with membership limited to 25 representatives per council

Current contracting councils:

  • Anesthesia and Critical Care
  • Capital, Facilities and Construction
  • Cardiovascular
  • Clinical and Supply
  • Food
  • Imaging
  • Information Technology
  • Laboratory
  • Orthopedic
  • Pediatric
  • Perioperative
  • Pharmacy Business
  • Purchased Services
  • Respiratory
  • Wound Management

If you possess knowledge and experience in any of the above areas and have been in your role with your current organization for a minimum of one year, we encourage you to apply for participation on a council. Members must have Vizient, Provista or Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) as their primary group purchasing organization (GPO). Individuals must commit to participate in 100 percent of monthly calls and periodic in-person meetings (as many as two annually, funded by Vizient). An individual may serve on no more than one council at a time, and each organization may have only one representative on the same council at a time. Terms of service are three years in duration.

Apply for contracting councils

Role of advisory councils

  • Provide strategic direction and sourcing input relevant to specific classes of trade and functional areas within the health care space
  • Contribute to early phases of the sourcing process (prior to RFP), helping ensure that the member voice in specialized areas is considered by Vizient sourcing and contracting councils as RFP requirements and decision criteria are established
  • Operate with membership limited to 25 representatives per council

Current advisory councils:

  • Alternate Site
  • Alternate-Site Pharmacy
  • Ambulatory Surgery
  • Clinical Pharmacy
  • Environmentally Preferred Purchasing
  • Supply Chain and Data Insights
  • Long-Term Care and Home Health
  • Oncology Pharmacy
  • Supplier Diversity

If you possess knowledge and experience in any of the above functional areas or classes of trade and have been in your role with your current organization for a minimum of one year, we encourage you to apply for council participation. Members must have Vizient, Provista or CHA as their primary GPO. Individuals must commit to participate in 100 percent of monthly calls and periodic in-person meetings (as many as two annually, funded by Vizient). An individual may serve on no more than one council at a time, and each organization may have only one representative on the same council at a time. Terms of service are three years in duration.

Apply for advisory councils

Role of expert panels

  • Virtual communities of knowledge and expertise that serve as vehicles for member preference and pre-bid surveys conducted by Vizient sourcing to obtain a broad spectrum of input and data points from the market, and specifically from the diverse base of Vizient members (survey results are incorporated into RFP decision criteria and can be weighted as much as 25 percent in scoring of bids)
  • Exist in parallel to each contracting and advisory council with membership unlimited in number

Current expert panels:

  • Alternate-Site Pharmacy
  • Ambulatory Surgery
  • Anesthesia and Critical Care
  • Capital, Facilities and Construction
  • Cardiovascular
  • Clinical and Supply
  • Clinical Pharmacy
  • Environmentally Preferred Purchasing
  • Food
  • Imaging
  • Information and Data Services
  • Information Technology
  • Laboratory
  • Long-Term Care and Home Health
  • Oncology Pharmacy
  • Orthopedic
  • Pediatric
  • Perioperative
  • Pharmacy Business
  • Purchased Services
  • Respiratory
  • Supplier Diversity
  • Wound Management

If you possess subject knowledge and experience in any of the above areas, we encourage you to self-nominate and join. Members must have Vizient, Provista or CHA as their primary GPO. Individuals must commit to participate in 90 percent of surveys. A member organization can have council participants serve on as many as four expert panels simultaneously. Panel participation includes access to an online peer discussion forum, as well as free online educational opportunities. Terms of service are unlimited in duration as long as the member organization is in good standing.

Apply for expert panels

Role of task forces

  • Work as ad hoc member bodies to provide more extensive input or cross-functional input that may not be available through engagement with contracting councils
  • Dedicated to individual initiative oversight in lieu of a contracting council, and exist only for the duration of the specific project
  • Recruit on an as-needed basis and operate with membership limited to 24 members

Examples of task forces include:

  • I.V. Systems
  • Medical-Surgical Distribution
  • Enterals
  • Health Care Dispensing Automation
  • Patient Monitoring

Participation criteria are the same as the criteria for contracting councils.

Currently recruiting participants for these ad hoc task forces:

* None at this time

Contacts

Christi Guess
Senior Director, Member Input and Clinical Solutions
(972) 830-0042
christi.guess@vizientinc.com

Stacie Pena
Manager, Council Program
(972) 830-0050
stacie.pena@vizientinc.com