Thank you to everyone who attended the Coalition’s Annual Spring Healthcare Forum this week at McDermott Will & Emery LLP in Washington D.C. Our members sincerely appreciated the generous participation of Federal Healthcare leaders with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense which made this year’s Spring Healthcare Forum a highly valuable and informative event for both government and industry. This year, attendees were provided the latest developments regarding an array of critical topics in the Federal Healthcare Marketplace, including the VA supply chain strategy for the Medical/Surgical Prime Vendor (MSPV) program, pharmaceuticals, and the future of VA acquisition.

The Coalition sincerely appreciates each of the speakers for contributing to a robust, interesting, and thoughtful dialogue during the Forum, including former Congressman Jeff Miller, Senior Legislative Advisor for McDermott Will & Emery; Karen Brazell, Principal Executive Director for the Office of Acquisition, Logistics, and Construction and Chief Acquisition Officer for the VA;  Dr. Angela Billups, Executive Director, Office of Acquisition and Logistics, VA; Ruby Harvey, Executive Director for the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, VA; Rick Lemmon, Executive Deputy Chief Procurement Officer, VHA; Tom Leney, Associate Executive Director, Strategic Acquisition Center, VA;; John Tenaglia, Deputy Assistant Director for Acquisition, DHA; Jaime Friedel, Director, Procurement Directorate B, Office of Procurement, Acquisition and Logistics, Strategic Acquisition Center, VA; and David Bobb, Pharmacy Operations Division, DHA. Thanks again to all of our speakers for your engagement.

The Coalition would also like to extend its deepest thanks to our Title Sponsors:

In addition, a special thanks to McDermott Will & Emery LLP for hosting the Healthcare Forum at their beautiful Washington, D.C. Office.

We would also like to thank you, the contracting community, for coming together to support common sense in government procurement that delivers best value support to the warfighter and veteran. Your participation helped ensure that the Healthcare Forum was a success, and we look forward to your involvement in future events.

Lastly, I would like to provide an update on the Coalition’s rapidly approaching 2019 Spring Training Conference, titled, The Federal Marketplace Initiative, which will take place on Thursday, May 16, at the Fairview Park Marriott in Falls Church, Virginia. I am pleased to report that we have invited Emily Murphy, Administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA), to provide our opening Keynote address, “Strategic Vision Opportunities.”

Preceding the morning Keynote, we will be holding a series of Panel Discussion focused on:

  • e-Commerce Panel: Section 846 Phase II Market Report Analysis
  • The Federal Marketplace Initiative
  • Acquisition Panel: Meeting Mission Imperatives
  • Lunch with Tom Davis

After lunch, we have the return of the always popular, “Rogers Awards,” followed by our interactive and informative Business Intelligence Sessions, where attendees will have the opportunity engage with more than 20 Federal experts and leaders in procurement in the following eight sessions:

  • Information Technology
  • Professional Services
  • Acquisition Centers
  • VA Acquisition Management
  • Cybersecurity
  • FedMall
  • OTAs
  • VA Federal Supply Schedules

As always, the Conference will conclude with a networking reception to allow members to further engage with their peers and the day’s speakers. For more details, review the full agenda here.

The deadline for early bird registration is this Sunday, April 14, so register today!