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Notice of Availability of Contract for Health Care Reform Expert Panel

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) seeks to contract with up to five consultants with nationally regarded and/or significant health care industry expertise in technical, data, and/or operational issues related to multiple components of Minnesota Sessions Laws 2008, Chapter 358 and other health reform efforts. Contracts will be awarded on a competitive basis to highly qualified individuals and will require short-term, high-level analyses of specific proposals or questions.

The 2008 health reform law -- Minnesota Sessions Laws 2008, Chapter 358 -- requires the Commissioner of Health to implement a number of complex market-based health reforms over the next 24 months. These reforms include the creation and implementation of a statewide health care provider quality measurement and incentive payment system; the collection of health care “encounter” data; use of risk adjustment methods for quality measurement, payment and other purposes; identification and definition of “baskets” of health care services; and formation and public reporting of “provider peer groupings” – a way of comparing health care providers on a composite measure of cost and quality.

While the Department will work with separate vendors on each of these projects, the Commissioner would also benefit from the advice of national and/or industry experts who have led similar initiatives.  The purpose of this expert advice is to complement work occurring at an individual project level and to help the Department connect important operational and policy “dots” across these initiatives. For example, while the agency is working with separate contractors on collection of data elements to inform the creation of provider peer groupings, the Department may need expert advice on how to integrate these data elements for analytical purposes.

Work is proposed to start after March 1, 2009.

A Request for Proposals will be available by email and direct mail from this office. A written request (by email or direct mail) is required to receive the Request for Proposal.

The Request for Proposal can be obtained from:

Mat Spaan
Health Economics Program
85 E. 7th Place, Suite 220
Saint Paul, MN 55101

Phone: 651-201-5171

Proposals submitted in response to the Request for Proposals in this advertisement must be received at the address above no later than 4 p.m., Central Time, February 20, 2009. Late proposals will not be considered. Fax or e-mailed proposals will not be considered.

This request does not obligate the State to complete the work contemplated in this notice.  The State reserves the right to cancel this solicitation. All expenses incurred in responding to this notice are solely the responsibility of the responder.




Updated Thursday, May 05, 2011 at 10:36AM