Sharing Specialized Medical Resources
To receive and share the most advanced medical techniques; to secure the use of healthcare resources which otherwise might not be feasibly available to the VA and to provide services to the community through resources which are not being utilized to their maximum effectiveness within the VA. (These medical resources are underutilized resources in the sense that they are unique in the medical community or can have maximum utilization only through mutual use.)
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Office: VA Health Administration Center
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Provision of Specialized Services.
There were over 4,816 contracts for resources purchased and provided in fiscal year 2005.
Public Laws 89-785, 91-496, 93-82, 96-151, 101-366 and 103-210; 38 U.S.C. 8151-8153.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
(For sharing of medical resources) Health care facilities including medical schools, hospitals, clinics, research centers and blood and organ banks. ("Hospitals" include any Federal, State, local, or other public or private hospital.)
Patients of VA medical facilities or patients of health care facilities including hospitals, medical schools, clinics, research centers and blood and organ banks.
Written authorization from the VA (or other party to the agreement or contract, as provided) by the terms of the agreement or contract.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Negotiated between VA and the applicant. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Competitive sharing agreements greater than $1.5 million and non-competitive contracts greater than $500,000 must be approved by the Director, Sharing and Purchasing Office (175), Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC, prior to contract execution. Proposed contracts less than these thresholds may be negotiated and awarded without prior VA Central Office reviewed approval.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Sharing contracts may include the exercise of four one-year, pre-priced options beyond the first year of the contract.
How are proposals selected?
How may assistance be used?
To provide for the exchange of or mutual use of specialized medical resources when such an agreement will obviate the need for a similar resource to be provided in a VA facility, or for the mutual use, or exchange of use, of specialized medical resources in a VA facility which have been justified on the basis of veterans' care, but which are not utilized to their maximum effective capacity. Such agreements must be made with health care facilities including hospitals, medical schools, clinics, research centers, and blood and organ banks. VA may also enter into sharing agreements with State Veterans Homes for the purpose of sharing health care resources which include inpatient and outpatient care, rehabilitation services, and other health care support services.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Annually as required by Title 38 U.S.C. 8153(e).
As required by contract terms.
Maintain records in accordance with the contract or agreements which will facilitate an effective audit.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Contact nearest VA Facility listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog under Veterans Health Administration.
Director, Sharing and Purchasing Office (175), Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20420. Telephone: (202) 273-8406.
(Services Purchased and Provided) FY 07 services purchased $888,215,000 and services provided $36,859,000; FY 08 est services purchased $1,051,927,000 and services provided $37,466,000; and FY 09 est services purchased $1,245,814,000 and services provided $38,044,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
38 CFR 17.210; VA Manual M-I, Part I, Chapter 34, Section II; VA Acquisition Regulations VAAR 815.7.
Examples of Funded Projects