Procurement and Grant Opportunities
Procurement services includes Request for Proposals (RFPs) and Invitation for Bids (IFBs). We also offer some grant opportunities for the public. Please call Carol Wilson at 410-876-4963 or check this web page regularly for currently available opportunities.
Comprehensive Quality Improvement in Primary Care
The Carroll County Health Department is looking for primary care practices interested in joining the third year of a grant, which will provide a funding opportunity for the Comprehensive Quality Improvement in Primary Care project. This project is funded through the CDC’s “Improving the Health of Americans through Prevention and Management of Diabetes and Heart Disease and Stroke” grant (1815).
Funds will be used to continue building capacity for quality improvement in cardiovascular disease and diabetes and management within primary care systems in high burden populations. The grant will be for 12 months in duration: July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021. It is anticipated that successful projects will be extended and awarded an additional two-years of funding (July 1, 2021 – June 29, 2023), dependent on available funds and sufficient progress.
The overarching goal of this investment is to improve the prevention and control of chronic conditions while reducing disparities in screening and treatment within primary care settings. Quality improvement work frequently yields valuable data and insights about the specific system-level changes and work processes that lead to improved outcomes. These endeavors also offer a base of evidence that can inform future efforts. Thus, there are three key intermediary objectives for this project:
- Improve the delivery and use of clinical services;
- Demonstrate the ability to make data-driven changes in health systems; and,
- Establish referral systems to evidence-based programs.
Year-1 and Year-2 of the grant involved two Carroll Health Group primary care practices, and for Year-3, the Carroll County Health Department is looking to expand the progress to add additional primary care practices that are interested. These practices will work directly with the Carroll County Health Department, Carroll Hospital, Carroll Health Group practices that have been previously involved with this grant, and any other evidence-based programs within the county.
Applications are currently limited to practices affiliated with Carroll Hospital – LifeBridge Health.
If interested, please contact Carol Wilson at 443-487-3648 or Carol.Wilson@maryland.gov.
CARES Act Funding
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides for payments to state, local, and tribal governments through the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF), to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. Carroll County, through the Carroll County Health Department, has received a CRF allocation and will work together with the Carroll County Government to process and approve funding applications.
CRF funds allow reimbursement for specific, approved expenditures by local agencies, non-profits, long-term care facilities, and businesses. The grant will reimburse medical and public health expenditures and projected expenditures related to COVID-19 for the period March 1 – December 30, 2020 and includes any unbudgeted expenses to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Examples of eligible expenditures include testing, emergency medical response, staffing, temporary medical facilities, telemedicine capacity, and medical and protective supplies. Expenditures must not be accounted for or reimbursed by another budget or funding source.
Highest priorities are related to Governor Hogan’s Roadmap to Recovery plan and include personal protective equipment, expanded testing capacity for COVID-19, and contact tracing; secondary priorities to prevent and control the spread of COVID-19 and tertiary priorities related to direct patient care costs will also be considered.
Applicants must submit documentation to the Carroll County Health Department to request reimbursement for COVID-19 response-related expenses. The minimum request is $1000. All applications will be reviewed and approved by a local committee, with precedence given to applicants who meet the established priorities.
For additional information and application documents, please visit https://carrollcountymd.gov/caresact
If you have any questions about this funding opportunity, please contact Donna Buchanan, Fiscal Account Technician Supervisor, at the Carroll County Health Department, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-876-4831.
Tobacco Use Prevention Grants
The Carroll County Health Department’s Cigarette Restitution Fund program is offering grant funding up to $5,000 each for community organizations, businesses and other groups to implement tobacco use and/or vaping prevention projects. Applications are available by contacting Karen Crawford at 410-876-4867 or email@example.com. All applications for this grant opportunity are due on or before September 18, 2020 by close of business.
Alert: Postcard Disguised as Official OCR Communication
August 6, 2020
OCR has been made aware of postcards being sent to health care organizations disguised as official OCR communications, claiming to be notices of a mandatory HIPAA compliance risk assessment. The postcards have a Washington, D.C. return address, and the sender uses the title “Secretary of Compliance, HIPAA Compliance Division.” The postcard is addressed to the health care organization’s HIPAA compliance officer and prompts recipients to visit a URL, call, or email to take immediate action on a HIPAA Risk Assessment. The link directs individuals to a non-governmental website marketing consulting services.
The postcard below is not from HHS/OCR.
HIPAA covered entities and business associates should alert their workforce members to this misleading communication. This communication is from a private entity – it is NOT an HHS/OCR communication. Covered entities and business associates can verify that a communication is from OCR by looking for the OCR address or email address on any communication that purports to be from OCR. The addresses for OCR’s HQ and Regional Offices are available on the OCR website at https://www.hhs.gov/ocr/about-us/contact-us/index.html, and all OCR email addresses will end in @hhs.gov. If organizations have additional questions or concerns, please send an email to: OCRMail@hhs.gov.
Suspected incidents of individuals posing as federal law enforcement should be reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.