Yesterday, the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) hosted a virtual business opportunity session focused on Medical/Surgical Prime Vendor (MSPV) 2.0 which provided industry suppliers with an update on the acquisition strategy for the next iteration of the MSPV program.  During the virtual meeting, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) shared their plans to establish BPAs with manufacturers and suppliers of medical and surgical products based on the Federal Supply Schedule or the open market. They explained that orders will not take place under the BPAs and that instead, the BPAs will be used to set pricing for products on the MSPV 2.0 Catalogue. The prime vendors will then provide distribution and supply services to VA facilities through commercial agreements with “VA authorized suppliers” (i.e., BPA holders).  For more details about the VA’s MSPV 2.0 supplier strategyview the slides from the meeting here.  The Coalition sincerely appreciates the VA’s open dialogue with its industry partners about how to best deliver medical/surgical products to our nation’s veterans and we look forward to continuing the dialogue on the MSPV 2.0 program in the coming months.  

Accordingly, it gives me great pleasure to announce that the Coalition has finalized its draft agenda for its Annual Spring Healthcare Forum in April where members will have the opportunity to dialogue with the VA further about its acquisition strategy for the MSPV program, pharmaceuticals, health IT and much moreThe Healthcare Forum will place on Wednesday, April 10, from 7:30 AM – 3:00 PM at McDermott Will & Emery’s Washington, D.C. office (500 North Capitol Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20001) 

This year’s Forum is full of not-to-miss updates and information for the Federal healthcare procurement community from leading experts, both inside and outside the government. Attendees will begin the Forum hearing from Former Congressman Jeff Miller, Senior Legislative Advisor for McDermott Will & Emery, who will provide an outlook on the legislative agenda of the new Congress. Following this discussion, the Coalition is very pleased to announce that attendees will hear from Karen Brazell, Principal Executive Director and Chief Acquisition Officer for the VA, who will be providing opening Keynote remarks, followed by two superb Panel Discussions that will focus on the latest acquisition strategies and contracting programs that support our nation’s warfighters and veterans. 

The first Panel, titled, The State of VA Procurement, will feature speakers Rick Lemmon, Executive Deputy Chief Procurement Officer, VHA; Angela Billups, Executive Director Office of Acquisition and Logistics, VATom Leney, Associate Executive Director, Strategic Acquisition Center, VA; and Ruby Harvey, Executive Director for the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, VA. 

During the second Panel discussion, titled, DHA ProcurementJohn Tenaglia, Deputy Assistant Director for Acquisition, DHA will provide an update on the latest initiatives underway at DHABefore breaking for a networking lunch, attendees will have the opportunity to engage in Business Intelligence Sessions, which provide an interactive, collaborative, and informative dialogue with Federal experts and leaders in procurement. You will be able to choose from the following sessions:      

DLA/VA Shared Services  

  • Jaime Friedel, Director, Procurement Directorate B, Office of Procurement, Acquisition and Logistics, Strategic Acquisition Center, VA  
  • Nora SteigerwaltMedical Supply Chain Director of Customer Operations, DLA  

Pharmaceuticals  

  • David Bobb, Pharmacy Operations Division, DHA (Confirmed) 

Clinical Input for Requirements Development 

  • Tammy Czarnecki, Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Health for Administrative Operations, VHA (Confirmed) 
  • Spencer Roberts, Director, Procurement and Logistics Office, VHA 

After lunch, we will pick up right where we left off, providing attendees with additional opportunities to engage in the following sessions: 

All Things MSPV 

  • Jaime Friedel, Director, Procurement Directorate B, Strategic Acquisition Center, VA  
  • Rick Lemmon, Executive Deputy Chief Procurement Officer, VHA (Confirmed) 
  • Anna Zinser; Contracting Officer, VHA (Confirmed) 
  • Dave Barber, Senior Contracting Officer, Strategic Acquisition Center, VA  

Update on Drug Pricing Oversight  

  • Sam Dewey, Counsel, McDermott Will & Emery 

Click here to view the draft agenda, and click here to register today!