No, none of our contracts or BPAs are available via GSA Advantage. We have other processes that are used for placing orders. Please visit our website for more detailed information on each program.
The answer to this varies by Branch and subsection within National Contract Service. For the Medical/Surgical Branch, the vast majority of current eligible customers are VA only. We are doing some limited joint contracts with the Department of Defense. For the Pharmaceutical & Specialties Branch, the majority of current eligible customers are VA and DoD. Many of these contracts include Other Government Agencies such as Indian Health Service and the Bureau of Prisons. For the Direct Delivery Section, the eligibility is restricted to Federal agencies only (no state or local government agencies).
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Since the majority of the products under the prime vendor program are established by existing Federal Supply Schedule contracts, you are encouraged to obtain a FSS contract. Please refer to the FSS section of this webpage for informationon the FSS program.
Prime vendors are required to inventory and to provide the breadth and depth of products required by customers to support customers’ everyday operations. Companies with limited product lines do not qualify as prime vendors.
First, facilities must identify the need for your products to their respective prime vendor before prime vendors can stock your products.
Secondly, Prime vendors require liability insurance for $1M. Higher insurance limits are required on high risk products such as latex gloves.
Lastly, Sales under the prime vendor program are considered FSS sales and prime vendors are required to keep track of sales under the program and report the sales to respective FSS contractors. Prime vendors charge a fee to Federal Government product suppliers for this service.
Your participation in the prime vendor program as a Federal Government product supplier is prime vendor program specific and you are required to provide your contract products to all the prime vendors under the prime vendor program.
No. The National Acquisition Center (NAC) provides prime vendors with your pricing information on FSS and National Standardization contracts. Medical Centers are required to provide prime vendors with pricing information on VISN and/or facility contracts. Currently, the NAC provides prime vendors with product prices and any associated price changes on the 1st and the 15th of month.
Items for standardized National BPAs are identified by Veterans Health Administration Clinical User Groups. Once items are identified by these groups and after the products pass clinical user group evaluations, the National Acquisition Center conducts a competitive procurement among companies with these products on their Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) contracts.
Yes, only companies with FSS contracts and the selected item on the FSS contract can compete for VA National BPAs. The basic terms and conditions in the FSS contract will govern the BPA except where the BPA lists additional terms and conditions.
The groups normally rely on procurement history which reveals what items have been purchased, the prices paid and in what quantities. This information is usually very helpful in identifying items for standardization.
BPAs are normally awarded for 3-5 years; however, both the Government and the BPA Contractor can cancel the BPA with 30 days written notice.
Not unless the facility has a clinical reason why the awarded item is unsuitable for their use. The facility will then have to obtain a waiver from use of the standardized item.
BPAs and BOAs are very similar in nature in that they are basic agreements that are put in place once the Government identifies items used on a repetitive basis.
However, they differ in their use by VA in that BPAs are for anticipated requirements and use the terms and conditions contained in offerors’ existing FSS contracts. BOAs are for uncertain requirements and have their own specific terms and conditions. Neither BOAs nor BPAs are considered binding contracts until orders are placed against them. Those orders become the binding contracts.
A National Contract is a binding contract in itself, has specific terms and conditions that govern the contract and is binding once all parties have signed the agreement. All orders against the National Contract are in accordance with the contract’s terms and conditions.
The AbilityOne Program was created by Congress to assist in providing employment opportunities for blind and handicapped individuals. For a complete explanation of the AbilityOne Program visit their website at www.abilityone.com.
The current PPV customers list is available online and can be downloaded from www.va.gov/oal/business/nc/ppv.asp.
The VA Pharmacy Benefit Management (PBM) maintains the price database for all contracted pharmaceutical products with assigned National Drug Codes (NDC). McKesson downloads the prices nightly from the PBM website. McKesson is mandated to only load items and prices included in the PBM price data base. The prices for the medical/surgical items and other non NDC items are provided to McKesson manually by the Contracting Officer.
Yes, but only if they have a compact or contract with a Federal Indian Health Service facility that is authorized to participate in the VA PPV program. A tribal “638” or urban Indian Health facility must maintain their AFA (Annual Funding Agreement) with a Federal IHS facility, in order to gain access to our Federal program.
No. McKesson is not allowed to load 340B prices or any contract prices that are not maintained by VA PBM.
The SVH must have an approved sharing agreement with a VA Medical Center. The sharing agreement must include in clear terms the agreed duties and responsibilities of both parties, especially the terms pertaining to the ordering and payment procedures. The sharing agreements’ established ordering and payment responsibilities will determine the type of SVH participation. The SVH must also agree to the terms and provisions of the PPV contract.
“Options” 1 and 2 are the methods of the SVH’s participation in the PPV program. The options determine the pricing eligibility under the PPV program.
Under “Option” 1, the SVH does its own ordering, receives products direct, and then State Funds are used to make payment to the PPV. A participating Option 1 SVH is entitled to the benefits of the PPV contract along with FSS pricing.
Under “Option” 2, the SVH’s orders are authorized and paid for by the sponsoring VA. The sponsoring VA assigns a federal purchase order number and transmits the order to the PPV. The VA also makes payment to the PPV on behalf of the SVH. Since Option 2 orders are considered VA orders and paid for via Federal funds, the SVH is entitled to the same pricing and contract access as their sponsoring VA. A participating Option 2 SVH is entitled to the benefits of the PPV program and Big4/FCP pricing.
No. Our PPV program is not mandatory for State Veteran Homes. However, those SVH’s that have an approved Sharing Agreement with a VA are welcome to contact their sponsoring VA or this office in seeking participation in our PPV program.
Note: A SVH with a Sharing Agreement with a VA is entitled to FSS prices either via a direct purchase with a FSS holder, or at the discretion of the FSS holder, through a wholesaler other than the VA’s awarded prime vendor. SVH’s that do not have a Sharing Agreement with a VA are entitled to FSS “like” prices on covered drugs only. Those SVHs listed in the PPV Participants List have valid Sharing Agreenemetns.
There are only two acceptable methods of payment, Net 15 and Fastpay. Under Net 15 method, payment is due to the PPV within 15 days from the date of the valid invoice. Under the Fastpay method, the PPV receives the payment within 24 to 48 hours. The Fastpay method is similar to a credit card transaction. Payment is processed through US Bank. The Fastpay method of payment is mandatory for VA facilities and optional for other government agencies participating in the PPV program.