FAQ’s

How do I join Advantage Physicians Purchasing Alliance?

Is there any fee to join Advantage Physicians Purchasing Alliance?

Who can join Advantage Physicians Purchasing Alliance?

Are members of Advantage Physicians Purchasing Alliance required to participate in and purchase from all of the contracts we have negotiated with vendors?

Do members purchase from Advantage Physicians Purchasing Alliance or directly from vendors?

Is it true that Advantage Physicians Purchasing Alliance is creating a self-funded health insurance program for members of the Louisiana State Medical Society?

How do I join Advantage Physicians Purchasing Alliance?

Complete the registration process on the site.  Once we review your application, your practice will be granted access to discounts available from our vendors.  The application process can be completed in five to ten minutes and your application will be reviewed immediately.

Is there any fee to join Advantage Physicians Purchasing Alliance?

Membership is free.

Who can join Advantage Physicians Purchasing Alliance?

APPA is being built to serve all members of the Louisiana State Medical Society. Medical professionals, practices and hospitals that are not members of the Louisiana State Medical Society are also permitted to participate in APPA purchasing activities but are requested to join the LSMS after one year of registration on the site to continue participating. Medical professionals, practices and hospitals that are located outside of the State of Louisiana may also join APPA and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Are members of Advantage Physicians Purchasing Alliance required to participate in and purchase from all of the contracts we have negotiated with vendors?

No. Usage of any buying agreement negotiated by APPA is optional and left to the discretion of each member. Members are free to decide which buying agreements to use.

Do members purchase from Advantage Physicians Purchasing Alliance or directly from vendors?

APPA members will place all orders directly through each of our vendors. Members will be provided instruction on each vendor page on how to access our agreements and vendor discounts.

Is it true that Advantage Physicians Purchasing Alliance is creating a self-funded health insurance program for members of the Louisiana State Medical Society?

Yes, APPA is deep into the process of creating a self-funding multiple employer welfare association (MEWA) to provide health insurance, as well as dental insurance, vision insurance and life insurance to members of the LSMA at discounted prices. More news will be available in the coming months, but it remains our goal to start offering these coverages starting in the fall of 2021.