Sunday, September 12, 2010

Assessment Tool Needed

On August 27th, the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) (1005130955) for a vendor to deliver an electronic Uniform Assessment Tool (UAT) to address the needs for Medicaid programs in the state. This tool will help the state provide long term care to eligible recipients.

New York’s long term care system has a wide range of inter-connected services and programs and the NYSDOH needs to uniformly assess the level of care needed across settings. The state’s home and community-based programs currently obtain client, quality, and provider performance information from many different screening and assessment instruments.

However, the existing tools lack standardization and a common language which complicates an already fragmented and uncoordinated system of long term care. The Governor and legislature recognized that the state had this problem and appropriated funds in the 2010-2011 state budgets to implement an electronic, uniform assessment system. To achieve these goals, the NYSDOH, Office of Long Term Care must procure services to deliver the electronic solution.

The electronic assessment software will be used to support eight Medicaid programs:

• Assisted Living Program
• Personal Care Services Program and Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program
• Adult Day Health Care
• Long Term Home Health Care Program
• Nursing Home Transition and Diversion
• Traumatic Brain Injury Waiver
• HCBS Waiver Care at Home
• Managed Long Term Care and PACE

The RFP a competitive procurement will result in a fixed price contract. Written questions are due September 24th, with proposals due November 3, 2010. For more information, email Jonathan Mahar at To download the RFP, go to