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New Mexico Department of Health: Provision of Healthcare Coalition Preparedness Tasks in the Four Regions of New Mexico

Deadline: April 13, 2018

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) seeks to establish a contract through competitive negotiations for the procurement of Offeror(s) that will build and maintain prepared healthcare systems, advance the development and maturation of healthcare coalitions, strengthen regional coordination, and ensure the healthcare system can maintain operations and surge to provide acute medical care during all hazards and emergencies in coordination with the Health Care Coalitions (HCC). Funding is intended to assist the Offeror(s) to demonstrate measurable and sustainable progress toward achieving the public health and healthcare preparedness capabilities and other activities that promote safer and more resilient communities in New Mexico.

Specifically, the NMDOH Epidemiology and Response Division – Bureau of Health Emergency Management (BHEM) is looking to establish two separate contracts: 1) Healthcare Coalition Emergency Response; and 2) Healthcare Coalition Ebola Preparedness with offeror(s) within each of the four HCC Regions: 1) Arch-P (Metro Coalition); 2) Region 1 (Northern Coalition); 3) Region 2 (Southwest Coalition); and 4) Region 3 (Southeast Coalition). NMDOH may enter into a contract with one or more offeror(s).

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response defines HCC as “a formal collaboration among healthcare organizations and public and private partners that is organized to prepare for, respond to, and recover from an emergency, mass casualty, or catastrophic event.” The key components to a Regional HCC are:

1) Hospitals
2) Emergency Management Services (EMS)
3) Emergency Management Organizations
4) Public Health Agencies including, but not limited to:

  • Behavioral health services and organizations
  • Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)
  • Dialysis centers and regional Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services funded end-stage renal disease networks
  • Federal facilities
  • Home health agencies (including home and community-based services)
  • Infrastructure companies (e.g., utility and communication companies)
  • Jurisdictional partners, including cities, counties, and tribes
  • Local chapters of health care professional organizations
  • Medical and device manufacturers and distributors
  • Non-governmental organizations (e.g., American Red Cross, voluntary organizations active in disasters, amateur radio operators, etc.)
  • Outpatient health care delivery
  • Primary care providers, including pediatric and women’s health care providers
  • Schools and universities, including academic medical centers
  • Skilled nursing, nursing, and long-term care facilities
  • Support service providers
  • Other (e.g., child care services, dental clinics, social work services, faith-based organizations)

The Offeror(s) under this solicitation will support the preparedness planning efforts of the NMDOH by identifying gaps in preparedness, determining specific priorities, developing plans for building and sustaining health care preparedness capabilities, and implementing those plans, thereby establishing a more resilient and better prepared healthcare community. Services are to be fully accessible, well-suited to the unique needs of each HCC Region, and fully integrated into a comprehensive system of related all hazards preparedness activities.

Amount: Total amounts available are:

  • Healthcare Coalition Emergency Response: A total of $600,000 in regional HCC funding is available to make base awards of approximately $150,000 per region and a bed availability calculation per region annually
  • Healthcare Coalition Ebola Preparedness: A total of $336,000 in regional HCC funding is available to make base awards of approximately $84,000 per region per year

Contract awards will be made in each of the four HCC regions. The project period is for up to four years.

Eligibility: All Offeror(s) must be a local public entity, a tribal entity, a nonprofit, or a for-profit agency which will take on the fiduciary responsibilities and oversight of an executive committee who will implement the required contractual deliverables.

Link: https://nmhealth.org/publication/rfp/

Note: A recommended pre-proposal conference will be held on April 3, 2018.

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