Sunday, August 29, 2010

State Seeks Proposals

The New York State Department of Health (DOH), Office of Health Systems Management, in the Division of Certification & Surveillance, seeks proposals to help perform surveillance activities to oversee hospitals and Diagnostic Treatment Centers (DTC). Several surveillance activities are required to be carried out in several categories such as:

• Periodic surveys at DTCs and hospitals—these surveys are done to ensure ongoing compliance with state regulations and standards. On-site surveys are done unannounced but typically occur on a cyclical basis and spread out over the year. The surveys look at the operation of the facility including patient care and physical environment

• Complaint-initiated investigations and facility-reported incident investigations—these investigations whether complaints or allegations are received by the DOH either directly via the department’s centralized hospital and DTC complaint intake unit, or from CMS, or media reports. All complaints pass through the centralized complaint unit

• Review, triage, and quality assessment of facility-reported incidents—these reports are submitted through the New York Patient Occurrence Reporting and Tracking system (NYPORTS). Both hospitals and DTCs are mandated to report specific categories of adverse events

The NY Department of Health operates their hospital and DTC surveillance program with a regionalized approach. The state is divided into four regions with surveillance activities in each region overseen by the Hospital Program Directors.

Proposals addressing “State Surveillance Activities for Hospitals and Diagnostic & Treatment Centers” (FAU Control #1005101128) is due October 4, 1010. Proposals will be accepted from public or private organizations or corporations authorized to operate in New York State. Written questions were due August 17, 2010, and letters of intent are due August 30, 2010.

For details, go to or email, Jonathan Mahar at or call (518) 474-7896.