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Supplier Portal

The following resources and Frequently Asked Questions were developed to provide information about The Resource Group to Suppliers. If you have immediate questions, please send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or contact Customer Care at 314.733.8500.

Resources

  • Supplierintro.org: In an effort to best serve our patients, physicians, clinicians, associates and suppliers, The Resource Group has established a Product and Service Introduction Form to serve as a central collection point for information on new products and services. The intent of this site is to streamline and accelerate the review and consideration processes.
  • 2015 Supplier Informational Session Presentation:  The Resource Group held three Supplier Informational Sessions the week of February 23, 2015.  The materials provided give an overview of the aspects that make The Resource Group different; updates on accomplishments and progress; and tools that will help Suppliers navigate The Resource Group process in order to earn more business.  If you have any questions about presentation materials, please contact The Resource Group Customer Care at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
  • Supplier contact information submission: This form allows all interested individuals in your organization to enter their contact information for future correspondence.
  • Listing of Ascension Health locations and facilities: Ascension Health is the nation's largest Catholic and largest nonprofit health system, and the third-largest system (based on revenues), in the United States. Its Mission-focused Health Ministries employ more than 150,000 associates serving in more than 1,900 locations in 23 states and the District of Columbia. The document provides an electronic listing of Ascension Health locations and facilities.
  • PeopleSoft Vendor Portal: The PeopleSoft Vendor Portal is part of Ascension's Symphony initiative, an effort being undertaken by Ascension Health and its Health Ministries to transition to a common platform for certain activities within supply chain management. Vendors working with The Resource Group may use the portal to electronically view and acknowledge Purchase Orders, create Advanced Shipment Notifications, send Invoices, participate in online bidding events, maintain account information and take appropriate action related to Ascension Health Ministry Service Center (MSC) requests. The PeopleSoft Vendor Portal is being used for all Participants of The Resource Group.
  • Sales Reporting Templates: Suppliers with a contract in The Resource Group GPO must provide sales documentation reports in an electronic-Excel format. Such reports include information about all Products and Services purchased by The Resource Group and each Participant. Additional information about the sales reporting requirements is contained within the supplier contract, such as frequency and submission method. Provided below is an instructions guide and sales data templates for the various types of sales data reporting. If you have any questions about the templates or submission of sales data, please contact The Resource Group Customer Care at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is The Resource Group GPO?

    The Resource Group GPO is the first wholly-owned healthcare GPO permitted by the Office of Inspector General (OIG). As both an aggregator and consumer of its products and services, The Resource Group is focused on listening to Participant’s needs, creating contracts that meet those needs and then implementing programs that improve costs and variation while supporting quality and safety. This approach allows The Resource Group Participants to redirect savings back to patient care, supporting our Mission of providing for all with special attention to those who are vulnerable and living in poverty. The Safe Harbor opinion set forth by the OIG regarding The Resource Group GPO may be found at https://oig.hhs.gov/fraud/docs/advisoryopinions/2012/AdvOpn12-01.pdf

    What are administrative fees?

    Administrative fees are designed to cover operating expenses incurred while The Resource Group contracts on behalf of its Participants. The Safe Harbor opinion set forth by the OIG found that administrative fees are not considered a kickback or inducement to buy, provided that administrative fees remain below 3% and that the GPO annually discloses the amount of administrative fee received from each vendor. The OIG opinion also states that GPOs may distribute a portion of received administrative fees to their customers or Participants. The Participants of The Resource Group include but are not limited to the Health Ministries of Ascension, which may receive a portion of the administrative fees.

    What is Symphony and the ERP transformation?

    Ascension has embarked on a significant business transformation effort, termed Symphony, that integrates Record to Report, Hire to Retire and Procure to Pay processes in a single Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) information system – PeopleSoft. This platform requires our suppliers and their products to be included in a single Systemwide, common contract file to allow for requisitions, ordering, and subsequent payment.

    What is a supplier's role in the business transformation activities necessary for PeopleSoft deployment?

    The transformation has significantly changed the way Ascension interacts with suppliers. Our commitment to becoming a High Reliability Organization and to Healing Without Harm demands that we engage only with those suppliers that will join us in this commitment. We recognize that this effort significantly increases the rigor and control in our relationship. It is your responsibility to ensure that your organization fully understands and complies with the requirements of our High Reliability Procure to Pay Process.

     

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