The award, which comprises 12 contracts among the five firms, are intended to help the firms reduce Veterans’ wait times for examinations for service-connected benefits, thereby providing faster claims decisions in a more efficient and streamlined way.
According to a media release from the VA, the firms include: VetFed Resources Inc, Alexandria, Va; Logistics Health Inc, La Crosse, Wis; Medical Support Los Angeles, A Medical Corporation, Pasadena, Calif; QTC Medical Services Inc, Diamond Bar, Calif; and Veterans Evaluation Services Inc, Houston.
“This is good news for Veterans who are waiting for VA to determine whether a condition can be considered service-connected,” says VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald, in the release. “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.”
The contracts are being awarded for 12 months with four 12-month options, with an aggregate ceiling of $6.8 billion. The contracts will be managed by VA’s Strategic Acquisition Center based in Frederick, Md, per the release.
[Source: Department of Veterans Affairs]