McLean, Virginia–Potomac Health Associates, Inc. (“PHA”) announced that three of its clients were among the latest round of 20 providers awarded contracts with the Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) under a pilot program to provide assisted living services to veterans with traumatic brain injury (“TBI”): 1) CORE Health Care, of Dripping Springs, TX; 2) Community NeuroRehab of West Des Moines, IA; and 3) Universal Rehabilitation and Fitness, Inc., of Livingston, NJ.
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 five-year 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 originally awarded in May, 2011. PHA advised three of the companies awarded contracts in this initial competition: 1) Bancroft Neurohealth of Cherry Hill, NJ; 2) CNS Neuroskills, of Bakersfield, CA; and 3) Restore Health of Atlanta, GA. The pilot program was due to expire on March 31, 2015, but the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 (“VACAA”) extended the pilot to October 6, 2017. The VA put all contracts up for competitive bid once again, and PHA advised three more companies resulting in their successful capture of contracts in this latest competitive acquisition.
“We are pleased to extend this valuable program and provide specialized assisted living services to eligible Veterans with traumatic brain injury that will enhance their rehabilitation, quality of life and community integration,” said Dr. Carolyn Clancy, VA’s Interim Under Secretary for Health, “TBI is one of the prevalent wounds of the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and VA remains committed to taking care of those Veterans suffering from TBI.”
Under the AL-TBI program, Veterans meeting the eligibility criteria are placed in private sector TBI residential care facilities specializing in neurobehavioral rehabilitation. The program offers team-based care and assistance in areas such as speech, memory and mobility. With this latest series of awards, almost one-third, or six of the 20 organizations that now hold contracts under this national demonstration program were advised by PHA.
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.