Cardinal Health and Renal Services Exchange agree to ownership change for Renal Purchasing Group

The National Renal Administrators Association (NRAA) and Renal Services Exchange (RSE) have sold their ownership in the Renal Purchasing Group (RPG) to Cardinal Health, an industry leader in the distribution of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies. For RPG members, this transaction will mean continued value in contracting, along with access to more advanced technology and tools to support the delivery of high-quality patient care.

Metro Medical, now part of Cardinal Health, has been a shareholder in RPG and a member of the Board since 2005 when RPG was established. With this transaction, Metro Medical and Cardinal Health deepen their commitment to the kidney care industry.

Under Cardinal Health’s ownership, RPG looks forward to continuing its long-term relationship with NRAA and RSE. The organizations will collaborate to ensure continuity in the service and value that you receive from RPG. On a day-to-day basis, nothing will change for you.

NRAA and RSE will continue to play a pivotal role in supporting dialysis providers and will focus on expanding their education, advocacy and business-related services to help members thrive in a changing kidney care environment.

In the coming weeks, you will learn more about services that will be available to you through RPG and NRAA/RSE. In the meantime, if you have any questions, we encourage you to review a list of FAQs below


 Q. What is the transaction between Renal Purchasing Group (RPG) and NRAA/RSE?

A. NRAA/RSE has sold its partnership interest in RPG to Cardinal Health, the parent company of Metro Medical.


Q. How will this transaction affect my RPG membership?

A. We anticipate the transaction to be seamless to your organization and will not affect your RPG membership in any way.


Q. Will there be any interruptions with purchasing through RPG?

A. None. Your ordering process and account representation will be the same as they are today.


Q.What will happen with my pricing?

A. RPG remains the largest group purchasing organization exclusively for dialysis and nephrology. As a result, RPG will continue to offer the same competitive pricing as always. Further, with Cardinal Health’s broad reach and extensive manufacturer relationships, we anticipate RPG’s ability to negotiate with manufacturers will be even stronger.


Q. As a member of RPG, what benefits can I expect from the new ownership?

A. Because this transaction deepens Metro Medical and Cardinal Health’s commitment to the kidney care industry, members will see continued value in contracting, along with access to more advanced technology and tools to help deliver quality patient care.


Q. When did the transaction take place?

A. The transaction officially closed on June 30, 2016.


Q.Why is NRAA/RSE ending its relationship with RPG?

A. NRAA/RSE, after careful assessment of its position in the market and working with an independent consulting firm, concluded that selling NRAA’s shares in RPG to Cardinal Health would be a win-win situation for its members and the two organizations. The new organizational structure will allow NRAA/RSE to focus on providing the highest level of service, education and advocacy support to its members.


Q.Who can I contact about any further questions or concerns regarding this transaction?

A. For more information, please contact the following: