The Clark/ Balfour Beatty JV in Bethesda, MD a $7.5 million firm-fixed-price modification to increase the maximum dollar value of a previously awarded firm-fixed-price design-build contract for an in-vitro fertilization clinic and stem cell laboratory at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD.
After award of this modification, the total cumulative contract value will be $741.1 million – but that’s for the massive construction underway at the NNMC generally, not just the clinic. Work will be performed in Bethesda, MD, and is expected to be complete by July 2011. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Washington in Washington, DC (N40080-08-C-0007).
AGFA Healthcare in Ridgefield Park, NJ won a maximum $120 million fixed-price with economic price adjustment base-year contract for a digital imaging network picture archive communication system (PACS). These systems are used in hospitals to share scans and other medical images across a facility, or even across multiple facilities; their usefulness to military health care is obvious. This system will be used by the US Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps, and the contract also provides for buys from federal civilian agencies.
The maximum dollar amount is for base year only, which runs until March 7/13. The original proposal was Web-solicited with 10 responses, by US Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support in Philadelphia, PA (SPM2D1-11-D-8303).
Note that the Pentagon bulletin said “Agfn Healthcare” – but AGFA is the large healthcare firm with an HQ in Ridgefield Park. Discussions with DID confirmed that this is their contract, and they have an extensive lineup of Radiology Information Systems (RIS) and PACS offerings. AGFA’s most recent PACS solution is the web-based IMPAX 6.5, and the DIN-PACS III contract also includes Computed Radiography / Direct Radiography (CR/DR), speech recognition, and integration services and support programs. AGFA HealthCare’s prior DIN-PACS contracts have included projects for the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Department of Justice, among others.
One of the challenges is that many people are using more costly retail pharmacies instead of military treatment facilities or mail order, in order to get their medications. But who supplies the TRICARE mail order system?
Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. in Tustin, CA receives a maximum $36 million fixed-price with economic price adjustment contract for radiology systems, subsystems and components, on behalf of the US Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and federal civilian agencies.
The original proposal was Web-solicited with 43 responses, and the contract will run until Feb 3/12. The Defense Logistics Agency’s Troop Support group in Philadelphia, PA manages the contract (SPM2D1-09-D-8322).
Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. in Bridgewater, NJ received a fixed-price incentive contract to provide worldwide comprehensive dental care coverage to TRICARE Dental Program (TDP) beneficiaries. At preset, this includes over 1.9 million beneficiaries, mostly family members of uniformed service active duty personnel, the selected reserve, and the individual ready reserve. Work will include managing enrollment and member utilization of diagnostic and preventive services, managing provider networks, claims processing, and customer service and access to data, with criteria for end-beneficiary satisfaction.
The instant award will comprise $7 million for the base year, but the total potential contract value, including the 12-month transition-in base year and 5 one-year option periods for dental care delivery, plus a possible transition-out period, is estimated at $1.884 billion. This contract was competitively procured via the TRICARE Management Activity e-solicitation website, with 5 offers received. The TRICARE Management Activity in Aurora, Colo., is the contracting activity manages the contract (HT9402-11-C-0001).
The Balfour-Beatty/Mccarthy joint venture in Dallas, TX received a $503.8 million firm-fixed-price contract to design and build the Fort Hood replacement hospital in Fort Hood, TX. The estimated completion date is Jan 20/14, with work to be performed at Fort Hood, TX. Bids were solicited on the Web with 8 bids received by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District in Fort Worth, TX (W9126G-10C-0087). The existing hospital has a shortage of operating rooms and, despite improvements, the Army believes that it does not thoroughly meet the behavioral health care and other needs of Soldiers injured in the Global War on Terrorism.
Significant progress at AVI Biopharma? (Aug 22/10)
The Defense Threat Reduction Agency at Fort Belvoir, VA is awarding contracts to find new anti-viral compounds that are effective against hemorrhagic fever viruses, a class that includes Ebola and other diseases.
Drug development is a long and expensive process ($100 million is often mentioned as the table stakes to get a drug through approvals), and promising therapies do not all make it through the research and testing stages. Even so, the research is interesting:
$442 million in follow-on US military pharma contracts. (March 31/10)
Troops require medication of all kinds as a way of managing chronic conditions, handling the wear and ills that are a constant risk on military deployments, etc. Unsurprisingly, militaries tend to buy in bulk, often through middle-men offering wholesale margins on a wide variety of treatments.
In 2007, US DoD issued $3 billion in contracts for bulk pharmaceutical purchases, many of which are option periods from an original award…
The USA’s Defense Supply Center Philadelphia (DSCP) in Philadelphia, PA recently issued 2 contracts for patient monitoring and radiology systems on behalf of the US Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Federal civilian agencies.
Date of performance completion for both contracts is March 29/07.
The maximum value of the 2 contracts is $89.2 million, and the winners are: