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PPRB approves petition for a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) procurement process

On Wednesday, June 2, the Public Procurement Review Board (PPRB) approved the Mississippi Division of Medicaid’s (DOM) Petition for Relief from Bidding as a Procurement Method, enabling the agency to pursue a Coordinated Care procurement process through a Request for Qualifications (RFQ).

An RFQ allows DOM the ability to assess a bidding vendor’s experience and proposed methods for service delivery, as well as vendor’s abilities to innovate and improve the quality of services available for Mississippi Medicaid Coordinated Care members.

For the first time, DOM will procure vendors to administer MississippiCAN and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) services jointly, with the aim of easing administrative burden for both providers and members. Winning offerors will be expected to handle all requirements of both programs, including any differences in the regulations and requirements governing each program.

DOM will be seeking vendors that are prepared to work with the agency and each other to improve vital coordinated care services, including care management, patient-centered medical homes, strategies for addressing social determinants of health, health disparities, health literacy, and other priorities going into the next contract cycle. In preparation for this procurement, DOM sought feedback from healthcare providers and members across the state.

More information about the procurement and the timeline for vendor selection will be available in the coming weeks.