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    I understand NAICS Code 621112 Offices of Physicians, Mental Health Specialists, to be a situation where we would send a patient to an established facility for services. Is this thought process correct? I've been told that I should use NAICS 561320 Temporary Help Services, but a temporary service is not what the requirement is. The service requires a psychiatrist to be on station in the VA facility every work day. If neither of these NAICS is fitting for this situation, I don't know the right one to use. I've seen both of these used in the past at this VISN and I don't know which one (if either) is correct.


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    I recommend that you look up the NAICS Code  and determine which code makes the most sense to the procurement.  The 2017 NAICS Manual is available on the United States Census Bureau NAICS website
    https://www.census.gov/eos/www/naics/2017NAICS/2017_NAICS_Manual.pdf

    In my opinion, 621112 Offices of Physicians, Mental Health Specialists, is appropriate.  But I work at DAU, so I am not as knowledgeable as you and your supervisor about this procurement.  If you are still not sure, you can do market research. I recommend that you look at the VA Supply Schedules for companies that supply Psychiatry Services.  Give them a call and ask them what NAICS they use. 

    Definitions from the NAICS Code Manual: 
    621112 Offices of Physicians, Mental Health Specialists

    This U.S. industry comprises establishments of health practitioners having the degree of M.D. (Doctor of Medicine) or D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathy) primarily engaged in the independent practice of psychiatry or psychoanalysis. These practitioners operate private or group practices in their own offices (e.g., centers, clinics) or in the facilities of others, such as hospitals or HMO medical centers.

    561320 Temporary Help Services

    This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in supplying workers to clients' businesses for limited periods of time to supplement the working force of the client. The individuals provided are employees of the temporary help services establishment. However, these establishments do not provide direct supervision of their employees at the clients' work sites.

    Illustrative Examples:
    Help supply services
    Model supply services
    Labor (except farm) contractors (i.e., personnel suppliers)
    Temporary employment or temporary staffing services
    Manpower pools ADMINISTRATIVE AND SUPPORT SERVICES 493
    T—Canadian, Mexican, and United States industries are comparable. census.gov/naics Cross-References. Establishments primarily engaged in--
     Providing human resources and human resource management services to client businesses and households--are classified in Industry 561330, Professional Employer Organizations;
     Supplying farm labor--are classified in U.S. Industry 115115, Farm Labor Contractors and Crew Leaders;
     Providing operating staff to perform a combination of services to support operations within a client's facilities--are classified in Industry 561210, Facilities Support Services;
     Providing executive search, recruitment, and placement services--are classified in U.S. Industry 561312, Executive Search Services;
     Listing employment vacancies and referring or placing applicants for employment--are classified in U.S. Industry 561311, Employment Placement Agencies; and
     Representing models, entertainers, athletes, and other public figures as their agent or manager--are classified in Industry 711410, Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures.


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