The Department of Veterans Affairs has unveiled a new medical and surgical products acquisition program with the goal to simplify the procurement process at VA hospitals and clinics.
VA said Thursday the Medical/Surgical Prime Vendor–Next Generation program will work to streamline the process for ordering, tracking and procurement methods of clinical supplies.
As part of the initiative, the department awarded contracts to American Medical Depot, Cardinal Health, Kreisers and Medline to support deliveries across five regions.
The program is part of VA Secretary Robert McDonald’s 12 Breakthrough Priorities that aim to increase support for veterans.
McDonald said “MSPV-NG aims to improve acquisition planning, sourcing and delivery” to help buyers get the best deals and reduce wasteful spending.
Set for official launch on Dec. 1, the program will offer medical, surgical, dental, and select prosthetic and laboratory supplies at nationally negotiated rates.
The program also seeks to increase the participation of clinicians in the process of sourcing products and selecting supplies for VA’s network of medical centers and clinics.