Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Solving Rosie D is complex: A Delay in the CSAs

Got this in my inbox:


TO: Interested Parties
RE: Postponement of Announced Community Service Agency RFR Release Date

This is to inform you that the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership, in partnership with the four MassHealth managed care organizations-Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan, Fallon Community Health Plan*, Neighborhood Health Plan*, and Network Health- are postponing the June 2008 release date of the Community Service Agency Request for Responses. This is a temporary action.
The decision to postpone the CSA Request for Responses has been made to allow potential bidders to review completed specifications for ALL remedy services (currently under development) to inform their decision whether or not to bid to become a CSA. It has also been made to align the selection process more closely with the pending decision from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the approval of certain remedy services. The CMS decision is not expected until late fall 2008/early 2009 and could affect the Remedy system design.
In early fall, MBHP expects to issue additional information about the schedule for the RFR release. We expect to release the RFR between October 2008 through early 2009.
The decision to postpone the CSA Request for Responses release date now offers the opportunity for increased communication and collaboration between MassHealth, EOHHS and stakeholders on overall system design.
I can't say as I am surprised:  this is the most complicated part of the remedy, and I am certain that CBHI folks want to be sure that they get it right.  But it does put a crimp in the optimistic timetable set by the court.  

Stay tuned.  I'm going back on vacation.  See you next week.

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