McLean, Virginia–Potomac Health Associates, Inc. (“PHA”) announced that it was retained by Brookhaven Hospital (“Brookhaven”) in Tulsa, OK to advise it in conjunction it with preparation of a proposal to provide services to veterans under the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 (“VACAA”).
Public Law 110-181, the Fiscal Year 2008 National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”) directed the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (“VA”), in collaboration with the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (“DVBIC”) of the Department of Defense to implement a pilot program to assess the effectiveness of providing specialized Assisted Living (“AL”) services to veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury (“TBI”) to enhance their rehabilitation, quality of life, and community integration. The AL-TBI Pilot Program was implemented in 2009 and 21 contracts were awarded in May, 2011. These contracts are set to expire on March 31, 2015. The VACAA extended the AL-TBI Pilot to October 6, 2017 and the VA elected to put all contracts up for competitive bid.
PHA provided a broad range of technical support services including advising Brookhaven about key requirements of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (“FAR”) and VA Acquisition Regulations (“VAAR”). In addition, PHA advised Brookhaven about the implications of VA’s decision to employ a low price technically acceptable evaluation strategy as part of a national Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (“IDIQ”) multiple award contract. The objectives of the AL-TBI pilot are to:
- Demonstrate the feasibility of using assisted living as a placement option within the continuum of VA services for enrolled Veterans with moderate to severe TBI;
- Match Veteran needs with capacity and services of the contractor’s facility to assure quality care for enrolled Veterans with moderate to severe TBI; and
- Maintain and implement a VA approved Quality Assurance Plan (“QAP”), including support to inspection of the Contractor’s facilities, and VA’s information on Veterans, facilities, and the placements.
About Brookhaven Hospital
Located on the campus of Brookhaven Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute (“NRI”) is an internationally recognized center for the treatment and rehabilitation of individuals suffering from traumatic brain injuries and other neurological disorders. NRI goes beyond traditional rehabilitation care to provide victims of traumatic brain injury with one of the most comprehensive and advanced treatment programs in America, offering complex care rehabilitation, intensive neurobehavioral rehabilitation and TBI dual diagnosis treatment.
NRI’s hospital-based inpatient program is designed for individuals who require around-the-clock monitoring and intensive medical care. Treatment takes place in a new, state-of-the-art facility that includes 11,000 square-feet of self-contained residential, treatment and recreational space. In a separate facility, NRI provides over 7,000 square-feet of newly remodeled space for recreation and home training skills. NRI offers two long-term transitional and supported living programs that provide a safe, home-like environment where individuals can continue to recover with the help of experienced medical and rehabilitation professionals. NRI has also developed a special program catering to the needs of military personnel with TBI.
About Potomac Health Associates, Inc.
PHA is a professional services firm that specializes in federal health care contracting and business development for commercial clients. Since its inception, the firm has helped its clients win in excess of $400 million in competitive awards from the VA alone, and an estimated $3.75 billion in competitive and non-competitive federal contract awards from federal agencies.