- Urgent: Action Requested
Government Affairs needs your help weighing in with Members of Congress
regarding the unique nature of the healthcare supply chain and how the
implementation of the e-Commerce Portals provision will affect their delivery
to Department of Defense healthcare facilities across the country.
Specifically, We urge GSA to work closely with relevant stakeholders to
identify those products/product lines with particular health and safety
concerns, and in particular the countless products used in the health and
treatment of patients that are not suitable for online purchasing, and to
exempt them from the Procurement through Commercial e-Commerce Portals
program. This would prevent a host of unintended consequences that may
compromise the health and safety of patients.
provision recently passed in the Nation Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)
has restructured the federal procurement process of Commercial Off The
Shelf (COTS) products by creating a new e-Commerce portal system. The
Government Services Administration (GSA) is currently working on the
specifics of what this new program will look like. The NDAA Conference
Report noted the unique nature of the healthcare supply chain and as such
that it should require a consultation with affected departments and
agencies, as well as a special assessment on product suitable to be
included in the e-commerce portals.
Government Affairs has been working on a “Dear Colleague” with our
Congressional partners to create a letter for Members of Congress to sign
onto which urges GSA to respect the intent of the legislation and ensure
the healthcare supply chain and patients are not inadvertently harmed by
urgent that you write your Member of Congress today asking for their
support by signing onto the “Dear Colleague” letter. HIDA Government
Affairs has drafted a note which you can access here, that you can quickly
send to your Member of Congress.
requests that you take action as soon as possible, as our deadline for collecting
signatures is TOMORROW.
HERE TO WRITE YOUR MEMBER OF CONGRESS TODAY