Request for Proposals: Opioid Safety Resources for Health Plans and Health Systems


CHCF is seeking consultants to help health plans and delivery systems implement opioid safety and medication-assisted treatment initiatives, in partnership with Smart Care California. CHCF is offering two opportunities:

    1. Funding to support development of a health plan opioid safety toolkit
    2. Opportunity to be included in a resource catalog of individuals, organizations, and firms interested in supporting health plan opioid safety initiatives and medication-assisted treatment integration in primary care and other settings. (No funding attached).

Background: Smart Care California (SCC) is a partnership of three public health care purchasers — Medi-Cal, CalPERS, and Covered California — that cover 40% of California residents. Quarterly meetings bring executive leaders from purchasers, plans, and provider groups together to discuss how to address the opioid epidemic, lower c-section rates, and improve lower back pain care.

As part of its opioid safety work, SCC endorsed CHCF’s two health plan papers. The first, Changing Course, reviews the research and outcomes from health plan opioid safety best practices, including three case studies, and the second, Why Health Plans Should Go to the “MAT” in the Fight Against Opioid Addiction, makes the case for health plans to improve access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction. Based on these two papers, SCC created a purchaser/plan checklist of best practices and surveyed plans to ensure that implementation progressed. (See Smart Care California for survey results.)

While SCC has clearly documented what to do, plan leaders have articulated a need for help with how to do it. To that end, CHCF, in partnership with SCC, is seeking proposals from consultants, organizations, and/or firms to respond to two opportunities, both designed to lower opioid overdose deaths. Applicants may respond to one or both opportunities. For details, see the complete request for proposal under Document Downloads.

      1. First opportunity: Toolkit/change package for health plans for implementation of opioid safety initiatives. NOTE: This is a funding opportunity from CHCF for up to $100,000.
      2. Second opportunity: Resource catalog of individuals, companies, and organizations available to assist health plans and providers with implementing opioid safety and addiction treatment initiatives. NOTE: This is an opportunity to have you, your firm and/or organization included in a resource catalog that will be shared with health plans and delivery systems. CHCF is not providing funding to support technical assistance and consulting engagements; however, funding opportunities to support medication-assisted treatment training and technical assistance may be available in the future.

The resource catalog will include three topics. Applicants may respond to one or more of the following:

      • Consultation and technical assistance to health plans to support plan-wide opioid safety initiatives
      • Outreach, education, and/or academic detailing for outlier prescribers — providing education to prescribers on behalf of a health plan or delivery system, or training staff to provide the same
      • Technical assistance and training for provider systems implementing medication-assisted treatment programs in primary care and other settings

Consultants interested in applying for any of the above opportunities should review the request for proposal below.

  • RFP due: Monday, March 5, 2018, 8 AM (PT)
  • Email to: Challen Clarke, Program Associate, High-Value Care, CHCF
  • Decision announced regarding toolkit/change package: no later than March 12, 2018
  • Resource catalogs compiled and published: no later than March 19, 2018
  • Additional questions should be directed to Challen Clarke.

CHCF conducted an informational webinar on February 5 for those interested in applying. A document addressing questions posed in the webinar is attached below. You may also view the recorded webinar: