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Coordinated Care Procurement

 

The Mississippi Medicaid Coordinated Care Procurement

This year marks ten years since the inception of the Mississippi Division of Medicaid’s (DOM) coordinated care program, MississippiCAN. The program began in 2011 with only about 54,500 members enrolled. With additional categories of eligibility rolled into MississippiCAN over the years, the program currently covers more than 480,000 Medicaid members.

With 10 years of groundwork, DOM has had the opportunity to build an infrastructure to deliver services, review data, conduct analyses of the coordinated care organization (CCO) framework, and chart a course for DOM and contracted CCOs to deliver the best possible services to Mississippi’s Medicaid population. With this procurement, DOM will for the first time seek joint administrative CCO services for both MississippiCAN and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

 

Request for Qualifications (RFQ) released December 10, 2021

DOM is seeking vendors who will build on the foundation established over the past decade to improve health outcomes and quality of life for Members, which will in turn make for improved cost outcomes for the state. Click on the links below to view the entire RFQ and accompanying documents.

DOM is following a procurement process through a Request for Qualifications (RFQ), which gives the Division the ability to assess an offering vendor’s experience and proposed methods for service delivery, as well as offeror’s abilities to innovate and improve the quality of services available for Medicaid members. Successful offerors will submit a thorough, feasible, novel RFQ proposal (referred to in the RFQ as a Qualification) backed up with clear plans for enacting the proposal and evidence of the resources and ability to do so.

Instructions on Submitting Mandatory Letter of Intent

To be eligible to submit a Qualification, the Offeror is required to submit a Mandatory Letter of Intent using the form provided in Appendix I: Mandatory Letter of Intent of the RFQ documents. The Mandatory Letter of Intent is due by 2:00 p.m. Central Time Zone, Friday, January 7, 2022, and should be sent via email to MSCAN_CHIP@medicaid.ms.gov in a PDF format.

The Mandatory Letter of Intent must be signed by an individual authorized to commit the Offeror to the work proposed. Submission of the Mandatory Letter of Intent shall not be binding on the prospective Offeror to submit a qualification. However, an Offeror that does not submit a Letter of Intent by 2:00 p.m. Central Time Zone, Friday, January 7, 2022, will not thereafter be eligible for the procurement.

It is the responsibility of the Offeror to ensure that the Mandatory Letter of Intent is delivered timely, and the Offeror bears all risks of delivery.

All RFQ amendments will be posted on this website for the pendency of the procurement. Amendments will also be submitted to all prospective respondents and on the Mississippi Contract/Opportunity Search Portal pursuant to PPRB Rule 3-202-08.2.

 

About the Medicaid Coordinated Care Procurement

 

Quality and collaborative innovation are at the center of the new procurement, with enhanced requirements for care management, patient-centered medical homes, and performance improvement projects. DOM intends to contract with no fewer than two entities and no more than three through the competitive RFQ process. The final number of awards is at the sole discretion of the Division.

Central themes of the Coordinated Care RFQ include:

Quality: The Division is placing an emphasis on numerous quality-based improvements, including approaches to performance improvement projects, value-adds, value-based purchasing, health literacy campaigns, and care management.

Collaborative Innovation: The Division is requiring offerors to propose delivery methods for numerous quality-based initiatives. Winning vendors will be expected to collaborate with the Division, and in some cases, with each other, to create uniform systems that will leverage plans’ experience, knowledge, and creativity while providing consistency and ease of administrative burden for both Providers and Members.

Access: The Division seeks vendors that will address all barriers to access, whether those are geographic or based on Social Determinants of Health.

Commitment: Winning vendors will evidence a true commitment to improvement of life for citizens of the state, both through delivery of care, and a testament of their willingness to invest in communities through partnerships with other organizations – private, state, and community-based – throughout the state as well as investment in human capital.

 

 

Procurement Timetable

The following timetable is the estimated and anticipated timetable for the RFQ and procurement process. The Division reserves the right to amend the Procurement Timetable.

Date Process
Friday, December 10, 2021  Public Release of RFQ
Friday, January 7, 2022, 2 p.m. Deadline for Letter of Intent and RFQ Questions
Friday, January 14, 2022, 1 p.m. Mandatory Pre-Qualification Conference (to be held via Microsoft Teams; link to be sent to each Offeror that submits a Letter of Intent)
Monday, February 7, 2022, 5 p.m. RFQ Questions and Answers posted
Friday, March 4, 2022, 2 p.m. Qualification Deadline

 

Dates displayed after this point are approximate and depend upon the number of offers received.

Date Process
March 2022 – June 2022 Evaluation of Qualifications
July 2022 Executive Review and Award
August 2022 Division to submit awards to PPRB for approval
September 2022 PPRB Meeting Date