Government Contract | Washington
Third-Party Billing Services for WA State Department of Health, Public Health Laboratory, Office of Newborn Screening

Bid Information

Bid Alert No: 00000423204

Bid Title: Third-Party Billing Services for WA State Department of Health, Public Health Laboratory, Office of Newborn Screening

Agency Bid No. Title: RFQQ N21696

Received Date: 11/23/2015

Close Date: 12/01/2015

Purchase Type: February 01, 2016 through December 31, 2021

Delivery Point:

Delivery Date: Not Stated


Specifications include, but are not limited to:The purpose of this Solicitation is to solicit and create a contract for Third-Party Billing Services for the Washington State Department of Healths (DOH) Public Health Laboratories (PHL), Office of Newborn Screening (NBS).1.1.2 Background:The Office of Newborn Screening (NBS) is a state-mandated program (RCW 70.83, WAC 246-650). This critical and time sensitive public health program screens newborns by testing dried blood samples for potentially devastating diseases that may not otherwise be detected or evident at birth. Approximately 165,000 specimens per year are tested at the DOH PHL.Each hospital, or health care provider attending a birth outside of the hospital, is required to collect and submit a blood sample within 48 hours of birth from each baby born in their facility. These samples arrive at the PHL within 72 hours of collection and are immediately accessioned for testing. In addition, each baby receives a second screen at 7-14 days of age.Testing is time sensitive and accuracy is critical because identifying these conditions soon after birth is essential to prevent serious health problems such as developmental disability and/or death. If one of the conditions is discovered through screening, the consequences can typically be prevented or significantly reduced. Our testing combined with our follow-up services, permits early diagnosis and treatment, thus avoiding immediate consequences and more serious health problems later in life for the child.The Office of Newborn Screening is funded through fees charged to the facility submitting the initial specimen. In most cases, this is a hospital and DOH bills the facility directly. However, in the case of out-of-hospital (OOH) births where the specimen is collected in a home setting (HCS), DOH bills the patients insurance company for the newborn screening fee. In Washington State, there are approximately 3, 000 out-of-hospital births annually. This number has been increasing by 2-3% each year.

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Product Code: 94610

Agency Information

Issuing Agency: State of Washington Department of Health

State: Washington

Agency Type: State and Local

Contact: Frank Webley, WA State Department of Health Office of Contracts and Procurement, PO Box 47905, Olympia, Washington, 98504

Phone: 360-236-3905




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