Just the FAQs! Updates and Answers to Common Questions about Contracting with VHA - February 4

Recorded On: 02/04/2019

This webinar will provide an update on VA Contracting Changes and Navigating the VA Contracting Resources available on the Office of Academic Affiliation website for contracting with the VA.  Caroline Peabody will address sole source contracting, updates to VA policies and some new contracting items that will help ease the contracting process.  VA’s OAA will be online to provide additional information about VA affiliation and the resources available on the Office of Academic Affiliation website that will help make contracting easier.

Q&A to follow.

Caroline Peabody

Senior Procurement Analyst-Principal Negotiator, VA Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs

Caroline Peabody is a FAC-C Level III certified Senior Procurement Analyst with over 15 years’ experience in various senior contacting roles with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veteran Health Administration. She currently works as a Principal Negotiator with the Medical Sharing Affiliate Office where she is responsible for leading VHA sole source negotiations with affiliates. In her previous position with MSO, she established VHA’s Healthcare Contracting Training Program supporting COs, CORs, facility, VISN and VHA leadership.  In that role she completed the development,  instructional design and content of three resident courses and over twenty web-based training classes.  She has authored numerous VHA healthcare contracting publications including The VHA Affiliate Guide to Health-Care Contracting, The Healthcare Contracting Planning Guide for Acquisition Teams and healthcare contract planning templates used by over 3000 contacting, VISN and VA facility staff.  

From 2008-2011 she also worked for the Army and San Diego City College as adjunct Professor of Finance. During her tenure, she delivered financial management classes to over 10,000 soldiers. Before joining the VA, she managed her own business for almost a decade supporting military friendly vendors in achieving contracts with the DoD and other federal agencies. She has been recognized by the VA and DoD for her work on behalf of soldiers and veterans being awarded The Army’s Patriotic Civilian Service Award, National Military Family Association’s Very Important Patriot Award and the DoD’s Seven Seals Award.  She is a graduate of the VA Acquisition Academy’s Senior Acquisition Leadership Training Program, holds an BA in Sociology and a Master’s in Organizational Management. 

Monica Lypson, MD, MHPE

Director, Medical and Dental Education, Office of Academic Affiliations, Veterans Health Administration

Monica Lypson, MD, MHPE is the Director of Medical and Dental Education for the Department of Veterans Affairs, where she provides leadership, oversight, and coordination for VA's graduate and undergraduate medical and dental education program. Dr. Lypson is a board-certified general internist with significant leadership experience in clinical, educational, and administrative arenas. She has served as the Associate as well as Acting Chief of Staff at the Ann Arbor VA Healthcare System; in addition to Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education, Standardized Patient Program and Communication Skills Faculty Director and the Interim Associate Dean for Diversity and Career Development at the University of Michigan Medical School. She is a clinician educator and has published over 70 peer-reviewed publications in top-tier medical education journals in the areas of veteran centered education, resident assessment, communication skills, cultural competency education and faculty development. Dr. Lypson has held many national roles focused on health professions education, including with the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the National Board of Medical Examiners, and the Society of General Internal Medicine. As a medical education leader in administrative, organizational and professional matters and executive coach; she has mentored faculty, staff as well as peers in various specialties and administrative areas.

Dr. Lypson graduated from Brown University and received her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She completed her graduate medical training at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Internal Medicine - Primary Care. Subsequently, Dr. Lypson completed a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars program at the University of Chicago and a master’s in Health Professions Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  She is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences and Adjunct Professor at the University of Michigan Medical School the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University.  Most recently she was selected for the 2018 class of the  Aspen Institute’s Health Innovators Fellowship.

As a strategic, visionary thinker, Dr. Lypson inspires all people, at all levels, to meet their goals and optimize their full potential. Dr. Lypson continues to strive for wellness and work life balance. She has written on the topic of physician marriages especially in academic medicine and is the wife of Dr. Andrew D. Campbell, a pediatric hematologist oncologist, and a mother of two young children.

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