Sunday, February 8, 2009

State Seeks Healthcare Experts

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is looking for up to five consultants with nationally regarded and/or significant healthcare industry expertise to consult on technical data, and/or operational issues related to the Minnesota Sessions Laws 2008 and other health reform efforts. Contacts will be awarded on a competitive basis to highly qualified individuals that are able to provide short-term and high-level analyses.

The 2008 Health Reform Law referred to as “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 creating and implementing a statewide healthcare provider quality measurement and incentive payment system, collecting healthcare encounter data, using risk adjustment methods for quality measurement, payment and other purposes, identifying and defining “baskets” of healthcare services, and forming provider peer groups. The goal is to be able to compare healthcare providers in terms of cost and quality.

While the Department will work with separate vendors on each of these projects, the Commissioner also wants to benefit from the advice from 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 help MDH connect important operational and policy “dots” across these initiatives. For example, the Department may need advice on how to integrate data elements for analytical purposes.

A Request for Proposals (RFP) is available but a written request is required either by email or direct mail to receive the RFP. Proposals submitted are due on February 20, 2009 with the work proposed to start after March 1, 2009.

For more information, contact Mat Spaan, Health Economics Program, 85 E. 7th Place, Suite 220, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55101, telephone 651-201-5171 or email