VA announced the award of $6.8 billion for VA disability compensation and pension medical disability examinations for the next 12 months with 4 extensions.
Five government contractors were selected to perform examinations for VA’s compensation and pension program. The contract arrangement is intended to help fight any wait list for medical disability examinations. The $6.8 billion is the ceiling for a twelve-month contract with 4 twelve month extensions.
VA made a press release about this yesterday, but I found another from last spring that gave an interesting background on the medical disability examination contracts.
MEDICAL DISABILITY EXAMINATIONS CONTRACTS
VA Acting Under Secretary Thomas Murphy said the following about these contracts last spring:
“This will be a major accomplishment for Veterans going forward, not only for the efficiencies and additional oversight, but VA can now maximize the capacity of inherent capability and leverage the contract expertise and capacity as needed. The goal will be to reduce the veteran’s wait times for examinations as much as possible thereby providing faster claims decisions and enhancing Veterans’ experience in a positive way.”
On Monday, VA Secretary Bob McDonald said, “This is good news for Veterans who are waiting for VA to determine whether a condition can be considered service-connected.”
McDonald continued, “For these Veterans, we want the process to be smoother – from beginning to end. When we announced the MyVA initiative in 2014 to improve Veterans’ experience with VA, that meant looking at every process and every product. These awards represent a way for us to improve a significant process for Veterans.”
VA PRESS RELEASE EXCERPT
According to the more interesting spring press release:
“The contracts make up a $6.8 billion enterprise-wide Medical Disability Examination Program under Public Law 104-275, and represent a major step forward in improving the disability examination experience for Veterans.
“A unique feature of this multi-contract award will see the consolidation of the contracts under a single program management initiative, with representation in the central management group from both the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) and the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). To date, contracts for medical examinations have been managed by both administrations with varying degrees of efficiency and delivery time of exam reports, which are critical to Veterans’ disability determinations supporting their compensation and pension claim.
“The new program management and delivery process will also continue to ensure broad national and international coverage of medical examination requirements to meet Veterans’ needs world-wide. “
According to the press release yesterday, the contracts were awarded to the following firms that provide VA disability medical examinations:
- VetFed Resources, Inc., 2034 Eisenhower Ave., Ste 270, Alexandria, VA – Large Business
- Veterans Evaluation Services, Inc., 3000 Richmond Avenue, Ste 540, Houston, TX – Large Business
- QTC Medical Services, Inc, 21700 Copley Drive, Ste 200, Diamond Bar, CA – Large Business
- Logistics Health, Inc., La Crosse, WI
- Medical Support Los Angeles, A Medical Corporation, Pasadena, CA
VA states the contracts are being awarded for a period of 12 months with four, 12-month options, with an aggregate ceiling of $6.8 billion. The contract will be managed by VA’s Strategic Acquisition Center based in Frederick, MD.
Apparently, due to the cross-over nature of the contract, the contract itself will be managed by VA’s Strategic Acquisition Center based in Frederick, MD.