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Request for Proposals: Health Economist/ Healthcare Consultant

Project Title: NSGC Seeking Health Economist/Health Consultant to Complete a Comprehensive Economic Evaluation of Genetic Counseling Services

Proposal Deadline: Friday, July 12, 2019

Attachment: “NSGC Seeking Health Economist or Healthcare Consultant to Complete a Comprehensive Economic Evaluation of Genetic Counseling Services

 Background

Genetic Counselors are professionals who have specialized training in medical genetics and counseling to provide personalized interpretation of genetic test results and to guide and support patients with information about :  inherited diseases, how family and medical histories potentially affect the possibility of disease occurrence, and determining the most informed choices about genetic tests for a patient.

The first class of master’s degree genetic counselors graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY in 1971 and in 1979, the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) was founded in response to the tremendous growth of the profession. Today, there are more than 5,000 certified genetic counselors employed in various settings, but there is no standardized billing practices for these

The genetic counseling profession has experienced rapid development and growth over the past 40 years, and the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts a 29-percent growth rate between 2016 and 2026. As the profession and genetic/genomic medicine advances, NSGC seeks to document the value genetic counselors bring to healthcare with regard to improving quality care, lowering healthcare costs, and increasing patient access. NSGC wants to take the next step in its 2019-2020 Strategic Plan and seeks the expertise of a health economist or Healthcare Consultant to develop value-based models for hiring, utilizing, and retaining genetic counselors in diverse work settings.

Qualifications/Deliverables

The purpose of this request for proposal is to enter into a contractual agreement with a successful bidder with the following qualifications:

  • Statement of interest and relevant experience
  • A clear work-approach summary
  • Budget and budget justifications
  • Resume/CV for any individuals who would be involved in the work
  • Two professional references

*See attached RFP for more details

Bidders may design proposals to include any or all of the following deliverables:

  • Provide a cost-outcome description or other valuation for genetic counseling services based on billing and reimbursement models.
  • Provide a cost-outcome description and/or a cost-effectiveness analysis or other valuation for genetic counseling services based on downstream revenue and cost savings.
  • Provide a cost-outcome description, cost-effectiveness analysis, and/or other valuation for genetic counselors related to genetic test utilization management.
  • Provide a summary of aspects that lead to genetic counselor workplace inefficiency and develop case examples of efficient delivery models (from genetic counseling or possibly other healthcare professions).
  • Complete a cost-effectiveness analysis report or other valuation on retaining genetic counselors and retaining genetic counselor positions in various work settings.

Timeline:

  •  April 26, 2019: RFP Release Date
  • July 12, 2019: Proposal Due Date
  • August 2019: Award Notification
  • August-September 2019: Finalize Contract

*Please note that this timeline is subject to change and NSGC reserves the right to terminate the contract at will for any reason.

Q&A

Email proposals/questions to Molly Giammarco, NSGC’s Senior Manager for Policy & Government Relations. NSGC will accept questions and post them by July 2, 2019.  

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