Frequently Asked Questions
What is ABS Vaccines?
ABS Vaccines is a healthcare buying group serving private practice doctors, and health systems.
What services does ABS Vaccines offer?
ABS Vaccines negotiates preferred discounted contract pricing on vaccines, medical and surgical supplies, office supplies, computer supplies, specialty pharmaceuticals along with many more products and services that you use in your practices every day. The best part is that our membership is FREE!
Why do I want my practice to be a member of a group purchasing organization? What is the benefit?
Being a member of a group purchasing organization comes with substantial benefits. Your group will receive negotiated discounted pricing, and payment terms that can only be obtained by being a member. ABS Vaccines has over 5000 members including hospitals and health systems nationwide, so we are continuously negotiating with manufacturers and vendors to obtain the best pricing on all of the products and services that are used in your practices.
How much will my practice save by using ABS Vaccines Purchasing Program?
Your savings depends on the contract and vendor and can vary according to products and services used throughout the year. On average, our members save between 15 and 20%.
What exactly is ABS Vaccines Purchasing Program? How does it work?
ABS is a Physician Buying Group for it’s members to access pre-negotiated and discounted contracts and pricing based on the aggregated spend of all ABS Members. ABS has a very large network of member practices, therefore our vaccine purchasing program allows substantial savings even at small purchasing levels. The first step is to become an ABS member. Click here to enroll. Upon membership approval, we will load all contracts that your group is eligible for into the system and contact your current suppliers to make sure that you are accessing the proper pricing from your specified vendor.
How do I become a member of ABS?
Click on the JOIN ABS tab on the top of every page, fill out the required information and submit your application to us. It’s that easy!
Is there a membership fee?
There is no membership fee to become an ABS member. It’s FREE to all qualified physicians and medical groups.
Must I renew my contract every year?
No, your ABS membership is automatically renewed.
Does my membership application need to be approved? If so, how long does it take before membership is granted?
Yes, your application needs to be approved. Upon receipt of your completed registration form, the ABS staff will verify that your office is a legitimate healthcare group. Afterwards, we will send you a secure password via email so you can begin accessing contract pricing on our website. The approval process takes only minutes.
My practice currently belongs to another purchasing group, how can I switch to ABS Vaccines?
We will be glad to assist you with this change. You can contact us by calling our toll-free number (1-800-952-2470) or sending an email to [email protected]
Can my practice belong to more than one vaccine purchasing group?
No, vaccine manufacturers require membership in only one physician buying group at a time, so it is important that you choose the right one for your practice—like ABS.
My practice is already a member of an IPA or a hospital network. Can I still be an ABS member?
You need to check with your IPA or hospital network first because there could be restrictions. However, there are ABS members who already belong to an IPA or hospital network.
Do I place my orders directly through ABS?
No, you continue to order through your GSK approved distributor or directly with GSK. ABS merely negotiates contracts and discounted pricing on products and services on behalf of our members. Once you are an ABS member, you will be instructed on how to place orders depending on the supplier(s) you use. If you are an ABS member and purchase your vaccines through GlaxoSmithKline, you will need to go to the GSK website and register for inclusion on the vaccine contract. You will receive a notice from GSK confirming receipt your application. After they verify the DEA number associated with the practice you will receive a “Notice of Acceptance” from GSK. The entire GSK process takes approximately 2-3 days.
Are there purchasing minimums?
There are no purchasing minimums when purchasing vaccines. Please contact ABS for more information.
What are your approved methods of payment?
ABS does not collect payments from members. For orders placed with GSK or an authorized vendor, the payment terms depend on the different distributors, suppliers and manufacturer requirements.
What happens if I buy vaccines outside of my contract?
You will not benefit from our negotiated discounted pricing on products and services, nor will you receive any cost benefits from product promotions.
Does my practice receive manufacturer’s promotional discounts?
Yes, you will be notified by email of any manufacturer promotion. Therefore, it is vital we have a valid email address attached to your ABS membership. If you need to provide, verify or change an email address, please notify us immediately.
Does ABS offer anything else other than vaccines?
Yes, ABS offers discounted pricing on various products and services that you use every day in your practice and/or health system. Some of the products and services include medical/surgical supplies, pharma and specialty pharma, office supplies and many more. As we continue to expand our products and services offering, you will may be notified by email of these changes. You may also visit our website at ABSVaccines.com
Can you help me with Capital Equipment purchases?
Absolutely! Let ABS Vaccines negotiate the purchase of all of your capital equipment needs. You may be the best negotiator in town, but when you add that to all of our members capital equipment purchases, we use that information to ask for the deepest discounts possible on every piece of equipment.
Can I speak with someone directly at ABS?
Yes, you can call our toll-free number 1-800-952-2470.
My practice has moved locations. How do I change my contact/shipping information?
If you move or have other changes to your contact/shipping information, please let us know immediately by calling us or sending an email to [email protected] We will update your contact information in our files and notify all of your existing vendors.