The Department of Veterans Affairs has unveiledÂ a new medical and surgical products acquisition program with the goalÂ to simplifyÂ the procurement processÂ at VA hospitals and clinics.
VAÂ said ThursdayÂ the Medical/Surgical Prime Vendor–Next Generation program will work to streamlineÂ the process for ordering, tracking and procurement methods of clinicalÂ supplies.
As part of the initiative, the department awarded contracts to American Medical Depot, Cardinal Health, Kreisers and Medline to support deliveriesÂ across five regions.
The program is part of VA Secretary Robert McDonaldâs 12 Breakthrough Priorities that aim to increase support for veterans.
McDonald said âMSPV-NG aims to improve acquisition planning, sourcing and deliveryâ to help buyersÂ get the best deals and reduce wasteful spending.
Set for official launch on Dec. 1, the program will offerÂ 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.