SMAS - news) is proud to announce that it has been registered with the United States Government's Central Contractor Registration (CCR) as a healthcare service, and assigned its own commercial identification code by the United States Department of Defense. The CCR registers all contractors for the Department of Defense, and CCR registration is a critical requirement for any vendor to do business with the Department of Defense.Somatic Systems, Inc. (
The Registration is a significant stage in the work for Somatic Systems to become fully approved providers for the military and Veterans Affairs, enabling Clinical Somatics treatment of all active and retired military personnel, family, dependents, and survivors to be paid for by the military.
The Department of Defense will only conduct business with vendors registered in the CCR. Furthermore, the CCR in turn serves as a registry if a vendor wishes to provide services to the Federal government, enabling Somatic Systems to seek other government contracts and opportunities.
The CCR is a centralized, single point of entry for the Department of Defense, and disseminates contractor data to all federal agencies in service of government ventures. The CCR shares its information with the SBA and several electronic business systems. Additionally, portions of the CCR database are open to the public, and the CCR can be used by both Government and corporate buyers to identify potential business vendors and service providers. The CCR also securely provides the military and federal government agencies with the vendor's data relevant to procurement and payment.
Somatic Systems' Registration by the Department of Defense and Federal Government became effective midday yesterday.
Earlier this week, Somatic Systems was also listed with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES), an agency of the Department of Defense charged with providing high quality products and services affordably. Listing with AAFES means that when there is a requirement for the categories of health care services that Somatic Systems provides, AAFES will find Somatic Systems and can contact them. The AAFES operates more than 3,000 facilities worldwide, in more than 30 countries, five U.S. territories and 49 states; AAFES revenues last year totaled $9.7 billion.
The Military Chronic Pain Crisis
Somatic Systems has been working to obtain contracts and its proprietary Clinical Somatics pain-care services for US military hospitals and the Veterans Administration. In addition to seeking in-house arrangements at bases and facilities, the company also announced that it is preparing to rollout multiple clinics at military base locations throughout the US, to provide easy access to Clinical Somatics services at a time when the US military is strongly seeking satisfactory pain treatment solutions such as Clinical Somatics -- and following a wave of legislation including the Military Pain Care Act of 2008, which requires the Department of Defense, Veterans Affairs, and Health and Human Services and the Surgeon General of the United States to implement and maintain a pain care initiative in all military health care facilities and for all active and retired military personnel, dependents, and survivors.
Nearly 26 million living Americans have served in the military, and pain is the most common symptom and cause of disability amongst veterans, with more than 40% of returning service members reporting musculoskeletal pain-related problems and symptoms. Additionally, long-term sufferers as well as family members and other dependents of all ages also face pain and other musculoskeletal problems; and this population totals over 70 million people, served by the Veterans Administration. In the face of this, military officials, medical authorities, and government officials have reported frustration that the military does not yet have a satisfactory pain care program in place.
"We are very excited by this accomplishment," stated Somatic Systems CEO Steven Aronstein. "Only a few weeks after completing our month of discussions with military officials about providing our much needed Clinical Somatics pain-care services, we are moving forward quickly towards our goal of helping the men and women and families in every US military hospital and VA health facility across the nation."
About Somatic Systems, Inc.
Somatic Systems is the worldwide center for Clinical Somatics™, the groundbreaking drug-free, non-surgical approach to pain relief. This proprietary system uses natural, non-invasive movement techniques -- conducted through one-hour hands-on sessions, therapeutic exercises classes, and home exercises lasting as little as 5 minutes a day -- to relieve pain and limitation resulting from accident, trauma and repetitive stress, including back pain, knee pain, joint problems, carpal tunnel syndrome, TMJ, scoliosis, bursitis, sciatica, headaches, tendonitis and more. Clinical Somatics™ also provides performance gains and injury prevention for casual and professional athletes.
Somatic Systems is pursuing a 3-part growth strategy, consisting of a nationwide rollout of pain management Somatics Clinics; increased production and distribution of therapeutic videos, books, and other retail self-help Somatics Products; and expanded Somatics Training Programs to supply Clinic practitioners serving medical and orthopedic professionals and institutional and corporate programs. The company operates a suite of web sites offering Somatics information, products, resources, and opportunities, at www.somatics.org.
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