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VA Releases Comprehensive Affiliate Guide to Contracting

May 23, 2014—The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Medical Sharing Office (MSO) May 14 issued “The Academic Affiliate Guide to Health Care Resources Contracting with the Department of Veterans Affairs.” The guide  stems from discussions of four affiliate forum working groups on VA sole source contracting [see Washington Highlights, June 26, 2013].

The 2013 affiliate forum strategic workshop, which included VA’s academic partners, Medical Sharing Office, Office of Academic Affiliations, and Office of the Inspector General, revealed an overwhelming desire to improve lines of communication.  As a result, MSO prepared the comprehensive affiliate guide to explain VA roles, responsibilities, and processes as they relate to the sharing of health care resources.

The contracting guide includes detailed chapters on conflict of interest; pricing methodologies; billing and electronic payment; credentialing and privileging; educational cost contracts; sharing agreements; and research.

Contact:

Matthew Shick, JD
Director, Gov't Relations & Regulatory Affairs
Telephone: 202-862-6116
Email: mshick@aamc.org

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