CMS Might Add Six Month Extension to HIIN Contract / by Joe Furia

Vicki Buchda, Director of Care Improvement

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is currently considering request for proposals (RFPs) that would add a six-month extension to the existing HIIN contract. If awarded, the six-month extension would be added to the base period of the original HIIN contract extending work from September 28, 2018 through March 28, 2019.

Within the RFP, CMS indicates that the possible extension would be to expand the focus and increase attention to stewardship of opioids. Current improvement work to reduce all cause harm, readmissions, disparities and increase patient and family engagement will remain a continued focus in the extension. The HRET HIIN will be working on submitting both a technical and a business proposal in the coming weeks that outlines plans for judicious opioid prescribing, as well as methods to improve, monitor and evaluate opioid use.

Should CMS grant the HRET HIIN this six-month base period extension, it would not impact the ability of HRET to apply for the contract option year in March of 2019. AzHHA will keep membership and HIIN participating facilities updated on the status of the contract as we learn more.