Health Plan Purchasing Cooperatives, also HPPCS. Purchasing groups for health benefits formed with the goal of massing purchasing power to negotiate premiums or capitated fees downward.
Nonprofit agencies that act as the health insurance purchasing agent for consumers under a system of managed competition, organized at either the state or regional level, or by employer groups. These alliances negotiated with provider networks to get the best plan at the lowest cost and would serve defined regions or classes of customers.
A new term being used by the ClintonAdministration instead of HPPCs (Health Plan Purchasing Cooperatives). Ahealth alliance will be a purchasing cooperative offering AffordableHealth Plans (AHPs) to employers and individuals. The plans will berated on the basis of cost and quality.