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Contract Management Further Efforts Needed to Sustain Va's Progress in Purchasing Medical Products and Services

By General Accounting Office

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Title: Contract Management Further Efforts Needed to Sustain Va's Progress in Purchasing Medical Products and Services  
Author: General Accounting Office
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Language: English
Subject: Government publications, Accountability in government, United States. General Accounting Office
Collections: Government Library Collection, Government Accountability Integrity Reliability Office Collection
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Publisher: United States General Accounting Office (Gao)

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Excerpt: The more than 1,200 FSS and 330 national contracts that VA has awarded have resulted in more competitive prices and have yielded substantial savings. VA has achieved these favorable prices and savings, in part, by exercising its audit rights and access to contractor data to pursue best prices aggressively for medical supplies and services. For example, pre-award audits of vendors? contract proposals and post-award audits of vendors? contract actions resulted in savings of about $240 million during fiscal years 1999 to 2003. VA has also taken steps to further leverage its buying power on widely used healthcare items-such as pharmaceuticals and high-tech medical equipment-through its national contracts. According to VA, its national pharmaceutical contracts have led to a cost avoidance of $394 million in fiscal year 2003. However, VA has not taken the same aggressive approach to negotiate more competitive prices for healthcare services, such as radiology. In fiscal year 2003, healthcare services totaled about $1.7 billion, yet VA facilities only purchased about $66 million through VA FSS contracts. Instead, most medical healthcare services are purchased through contracts that individual VA medical centers have negotiated, a process that may not provide the most favorable prices.

 

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