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Request for Proposals

Solicitation No. AHRQ-01-0007 (Full and Open Competition, with recommended small business goals).

Proposals Due: July 19, 2001 (12:00 Noon)

Contracting Office: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Division of Contracts Management, 2101 East Jefferson Street, Suite 502, Rockville, MD 20852

The synopsis for this requirement was published in the Commerce Business Daily on May 31, 2001. The solicitation issue date is June 18, 2001. Full text can be downloaded from this Web page or by file transfer protocol (FTP). Select to access Downloading Information. Printed copies are not available. If you have any trouble downloading this solicitation, please contact Sharon Williams, Contracting Officer, at

It is anticipated that a 3-year, cost plus fixed fee, completion-type contract will be awarded under this solicitation.

Background and Purpose:

AHRQ's FY 2001 patient safety agenda is being accomplished through a series of grants and contracts to stimulate research and demonstrations in patient safety and medical error reduction. The funded projects will form an integrated set of activities to design and test best practices for reducing errors in multiple settings of care and will develop the science base to inform those who must implement programs and policies regarding the most effective approach to take. This effort expands upon the Agency's current and planned activities to reduce errors and improve the delivery of safe health care.

At the heart of this competitive research and demonstration program is a portfolio of projects to test the effectiveness, costs, and cost-effectiveness of diverse reporting strategies and information technology innovation on the identification, management, and reduction of medical errors. These activities are supported and amplified by:

  1. The establishment of multidisciplinary centers of excellence in patient safety.
  2. Targeted efforts to understand the impact of provider education, skills, staffing, and organization on error rates.
  3. Partnerships with health systems, professional organizations, states, and other groups to build capacity for error reduction activities, disseminate effective strategies, and coordinate public and private efforts.
  4. Cross cutting activities that capitalize on data already collected by the Federal government which can be enhanced to support research and action in patient safety.

The individual projects already funded by the Agency and those to be funded through future RFAs and contracts represent a comprehensive and coordinated research program in the area of patient safety and medical error. The program was designed with implicit and explicit coordination requirements between its various components to assure synergy and complementarity between the individual projects that will constitute the Agency's patient safety program. This is particularly important for the Health System Reporting Demonstrations.

Although coordination of the overall patient safety program remains the responsibility of the Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (CQuIPS) at AHRQ, the level of coordination support required for the patient safety research program extends well beyond the internal capacity of AHRQ to provide the specific services and products. Through this solicitation the Agency is seeking logistical and coordination support for its patient safety program to extend the capabilities of the Agency's patient safety staff.

The purpose of this contract is to support a coordinating center that will serve as a resource and support center linking the components of the Agency's patient safety initiative to each other and relevant Agency staff. The coordinating center will host grantee meetings, facilitate sharing of de-identified data, and support general program and specific project oversight. Specifically, the coordinating center shall support the Agency's work with grantees related to providing technical assistance to grantees, monitoring of grantee activity, communication, conferences, dissemination of results, and consultation for program direction and implementation policy.

In addition, the coordinating center will extend in-house capacity to facilitate and monitor the Agency's patient safety activities. It will also produce products (e.g., databases appropriate for research and guidelines on data collection) that will facilitate work on patient safety by researchers and policymakers (particularly at the state level). The coordinating center shall also help support some of the Agency's other work related to patient safety, such as the development of relevant patient safety materials for the National Quality Report. As such, the coordinating center is not to provide direction and leadership functions, but instead shall serve as a resource and support center for the projects funded under the Agency's patient safety initiatives.

The contract objectives are to:

  1. Serve as a central link between the Health System Reporting Demonstrations and other components of the patient safety initiative resulting from grant and contract awards.
  2. Provide technical assistance on methods, analytic mechanisms, dissemination, and evaluation approaches.
  3. Provide information to support the role of AHRQ project officers in monitoring the progress of projects.
  4. Prepare draft reports for later submission by the Agency to the Congress related to the Health System Reporting Demonstrations and provide the Agency with information from patient safety grantees for inclusion in the National Quality Report.
  5. Facilitate communication and sharing of ideas between the projects.
  6. Disseminate information on project activities and results among the patient safety grantees and contract awardees and support the development of monographs, papers, and resource materials by the Agency's Office for Health Care Information (OHCI).
  7. Consult with the Agency on trends and developments resulting from the research activities.

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