Medical/Surgical Prime Vendor Contract Emergency Supply Strategies Available Before the COVID-19 Pandemic [open pdf - 1MB]
From the Executive Summary: "When COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] struck, VA [Department of Veterans Affairs] medical facilities' demand for personal protective supplies increased dramatically. VA facilities pressed their usual suppliers for greater quantities of these supplies, as did many medical facilities everywhere, especially for personal protective equipment (PPE). In VA's case, the usual suppliers were four primary contractors participating in the Medical/Surgical Prime Vendor (MSPV) Program. Primary contractors, known as prime vendors, provide just-in-time distribution of medical, surgical, dental, and laboratory supplies. The prime vendors were also required to provide VA medical facilities, based on their designation as Federal Emergency Medical Facilities, with plans and strategies to ensure emergency and continuous supply support to prepare for major catastrophic events. In addition, VA has the All-Hazards Emergency Cache Program and its Pandemic Influenza Plan to help keep its facilities operational during a catastrophe. The VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducted this review of the contracts and program to determine whether the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) ensured the prime vendors met requirements by offering VA medical facilities a no-cost option to develop supply lists tailored to catastrophic events (emergency plans) and providing contingency plans and strategies for continuing service to each VA medical facility they support. In addition, the OIG assessed whether facilities took advantage of the options and strategies offered in the plans and the extent to which VHA relied on the contracts to obtain PPE during the pandemic."
Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of the Inspector General, Report No. VA OIG 20-03075-138