Guidehouse Wins Prime Contractor Role on $650M AVAIL Project

Guidehouse has been awarded a prime role in Accelerating VA Innovation and Learning (AVAIL), an initiative by the U.S Department

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of Veterans Affairs (VA) to improve the design, testing, and scaling of healthcare innovations to improve veteran care.

The firm won four out of five key task orders to help the VA develop a digital twin solution to optimize its healthcare planning, design, and construction processes, as well as pilot new payment models to drive additional value in the areas of physical therapy care coordination, in-home care delivery, and chronic conditions management. The multi-year, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity $650 million contract will support the work of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and the Office of Healthcare Innovation and Learning to ensure the solutions create meaningful improvements and value for veterans and their families as well as VHA clinicians, caregivers, and administrators.

"Guidehouse is honored to have the opportunity to work with VA to develop innovations that will advance care and improve the lives of our nation's veterans and their caregivers," said Alicia Harkness, Guidehouse Partner and Health Segment Leader. "This effort aligns our powerful combination of innovative digital and data transformation, commercial healthcare, and public health expertise with our collective partner network, the type of collaboration and synergy that embodies why Guidehouse exists."

Guidehouse, which was ranked 2022’s second-largest healthcare management consulting firm by Modern Healthcare, serves government agencies, providers, life sciences companies, payers, employers, and other organizations in their efforts to solve complex challenges and deliver greater value to stakeholders. The firm has served as a partner to the VA for more than two decades, and earlier in 2022 was named a finalist in Mission Daybreak, a $20 million challenge focused on helping the VA develop new suicide prevention strategies for veterans.

The firm’s relationship with veterans and their families goes beyond its work for agencies that serve them, having been named a Military Friendly Employer in 2022, receiving the 202 HIRE Vets Gold Medallion Award for recruiting, hiring, and retaining veterans, and earning the prestigious Seven Seals Award for its commitment to staff members who actively serve in the National Guard and Reserves.