Highmark Inc. is always looking to build strong relationships with suppliers that can provide goods and services at the best possible value. We also welcome new partners, including
those that support our corporate sustainability programs through better purchasing.
If you think your business can meet our needs and you're ready to show it, read on. You can also visit the Procurement Ethics and Compliance page where you will find our standards for business relationships.
Judiciously manage our spending on goods and services.
Stay compliant with government regulations.
Help our internal customers achieve their goals in a timely manner.
How we select suppliers
We choose suppliers based on responsiveness, timeliness, quality, cost, and added value. For critical commodities, we work to fulfill these needs by building long-term relationships
with select suppliers.
Becoming a preferred supplier
Preferred suppliers must show that their products and services are competitively priced. They should also offer innovative ideas to help us improve our operations while lowering our acquisition and ownership costs.
Once you're a preferred supplier, our continued relationship will depend on your ongoing commitment to meeting these goals.
How we evaluate our suppliers
Our supplier performance standards help us gather the data we need to regularly assess suppliers and make improvements.
These performance expectations include:
Quality: Always maintain standards
Delivery: Keeps to schedules and deadlines.
Expert sales: Knowledgeable about their field and products.
Cost of ownership: Competitive pricing over the life of the product or service.
Technical: Stays up to date on technology and strives for continual innovation.
Responsiveness: Supports our changing needs.
How we work
Corporate Procurement's job is to make sure the company's purchases deliver the best value and the least risk.
Our purchasing experts are committed to sound business practices and follow the Institute for Supply Management's Principles and Standards of Ethical Supply Management Conduct. As a federal contractor, we’re also required to follow additional rules.
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield serves the 29 counties of western Pennsylvania and 13 counties of northeastern Pennsylvania. Highmark Blue Shield serves the 21 counties of central Pennsylvania and also provides services in conjunction with a separate health plan in southeastern Pennsylvania. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia serves the state of West Virginia plus Washington County. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware serves the state of Delaware. Highmark Western and Northeastern New York Inc., serves eight counties in Western New York under the trade name Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York and serves 13 counties in Northeastern New York under the trade name Highmark Blue Shield of Northeastern New York. Each of these companies is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Blue Cross, Blue Shield and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. All references to “Highmark” in this document are references to the Highmark company that is providing the member’s health benefits or health benefit administration.
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