DSRIP Independent Assessor Funding Availability Solicitation (FAS) Overview

The Department of Health seeks to procure one contractor to serve as an independent assessor of New York State’s DSRIP program. Federal waiver authorization requires the state to procure an “independent” DSRIP assessor for the purposes described in this FAS. Accordingly, the assessor must not be an employee or entity of the New York State Department of Health, not have any business relationship with any of the prospective applicants and Performing Provider Systems it is assessing and act as an independent, unbiased third party with the capabilities to assess each application, without input from the state, based upon the scoring criteria approved by CMS. For more information on the procurement process of the DSRIP Independent Assessor, please see the full Funding Availability Solicitation (FAS) below. All proposals are due to the state no later than 5pm on Monday, June 23, 2014.

The DSRIP independent assessor’s tasks include, but are not limited to: creating an application and application review tool as well as a process for a transparent and impartial review of all proposed project plans; making project approval recommendations to the state using CMS-approved criteria; assembling an independent review panel chosen by the Department of Health based on standards set forth in the DSRIP STCs; conducting a transparent and impartial mid-point assessment of project performance during the third year to determine whether the DSRIP project plans merit continued funding or need plan alterations; assisting with the ongoing monitoring of performance and reporting deliverables; as well as assisting the Department in reviewing applications for Certificate of Public Advantage (COPA) and applications for Certificates of Authority for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) from Performing Provider Systems for the duration of the DSRIP program.

The 2014-15 State Budget amends Section 364-j of the Social Services Law to give the Commissioner of Health authority to enter into contracts "without a competitive bid or request for proposal process" as prescribed in the State Finance Law, for the purpose of assisting DOH with implementing projects authorized under the waiver amendment (i.e., DSRIP). The Commissioner must select the contractor that in his or her discretion is best suited to serve this purpose.

Please note that this FAS is NOT requesting bids for the DSRIP Support Team. The DSRIP Support Team FAS is a separate procurement, available at DSRIP Support Team FAS.

Please also note that the vendor selected as the DSRIP Independent Assessor contractor pursuant to this FAS will not be selected by the Department as a contractor or subcontractor providing DSRIP Support Team services.

Contact Name & Address:

Mark Bertozzi, Ph.D.
New York State Department of Health
Office of Health Insurance Programs
Division of Program Development and Management
One Commerce Plaza, Room 720
Albany, NY 12237
e-mail: mark.bertozzi@health.ny.gov
Email DSRIP Assessor Team BML: assessor@health.state.ny.us

Schedule of Events: Date
FAS Release Date May 20, 2014
Non-Mandatory Bidders Conference May 27, 2014
Written Questions Due May 30, 2014
Response to Written Questions on or About June 6, 2014
Proposal Due Date June 23, 2014
Contract/Work Start Date (Anticipated) (Anticipated) July 15, 2014

DSRIP Independent Assessor Documents available for Download

DSRIP Independent Assessor & Support Team Bidders Conference (Non-Mandatory)

There will be a non-mandatory bidders conference concerning the DSRIP Independent Assessor and DSRIP Support Team procurement.

Date: Tuesday, May 27,2014
Time: 9am-10:30am - Support Team and 10:30am-12:00pm Independent Assessor
Location: Empire State Plaza, Meeting Room #1 on the Concourse Level

Additional Information about the bidders conference:

DSRIP Independent Assessor FAS FAQs

This document has been created as a reference to those interested in learning more about the Independent Assessor Funding Availability Solicitation (FAS) process.

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