Office of Acquisition and Logistics — Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) Contracting
There is a long and distinguished history of military service among American Indian and Alaska Native tribes. In an effort to increase American Indian and Alaska Native Veterans benefits, and meet President Obama’s call for Cabinet Secretaries to develop better support mechanisms for our Veterans and their families, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Indian Health Services (IHS) announced a joint national reimbursement agreement.
Through this joint agreement, the VA can now reimburse IHS for direct care services provided by Tribal Health Programs (THP), including home/community-based services provided in the medical benefits package available to eligible Veterans. Eligible American Indian and Alaska Native Veterans are eligible to receive the following services from Tribal Health Programs.
Additionally, THP will receive reimbursement for up to a 30-day supply of outpatient medications. Medications required beyond an initial 30-day supply can be referred to VA’s Consolidated Mail Outpatient Pharmacy (CMOP) - medications must be on the formulary list used by the VA.
The Tribal Health Programs Provider Orientation provides additional information on the program and includes a sample Sharing Agreement. Contractors should be on the lookout for IHS acquisitions related to VA medical equipment & supplies!
The North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System is the primary healthcare provider for Veterans in 33 North Florida counties and 19 counties in South Georgia. Comprised of the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center and the Lake City VA Medical Center, the North Florida/South Georgia health system offers state-of-the-art facilities with nearly 500 patient care beds, a 240 bed nursing home, and 12,600 square feet dedicated to outpatient care, including two primary care teams and 16 exam rooms.
The North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System has a strong relationship with the University of Florida’s College of Medicine. In fact, the Gainesville facility is physically connected to the university. Each year, Gainesville and Lake City VAMCs train nearly 200 medical school residents, interns, and students. This health system is also affiliated with other colleges and universities for programs in nursing, social work, physical therapy, medical technology, and healthcare administration. Additionally, there is collaboration on radiation therapy, professional radiology, sleep lab, electron microscopy, and cardiac catheterization.