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Community Resource Information Exchange Technical Solution (CoRIE) Development Grant

Grant to a Washington, DC Nonprofit to Develop Health
Information-Based Social Needs Screening and Referral Services

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District of Columbia Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF)

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08/19/19 4:00 PM ET


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Grant to a Washington, DC nonprofit operating a health information exchange to develop and implement a technical solution to provide screening and referral services to address District residents' social needs. Funding is intended to support the development of a technical solution that leverages an accepted screening tool and a non-proprietary, bi-directional community resource inventory via HIE.

This solution shall incorporate stakeholder priorities and technical requirements gathered under CoRIE Phase I. Building upon prior work, the CoRIE technical solution should allow participating entities to accomplish a set of tasks critical to support person-centered care for Medicaid beneficiaries: screen for care and social service needs; refer beneficiaries to social services; monitor, track and file follow-ups after referrals; and analyze population-level data. 

The CoRIE technical solution will implement six key capabilities. To the extent feasible, these capabilities shall be implemented in an integrated user workflow to promote user adoption (i.e., via single sign-on/in-context access in certified EHRs):

  1. A standardized SDOH screening tool to assess individual or family social needs: Utilizing a set of actionable, parsimonious and validated measures, the tool will enable individual-level screening based on underlying business rules that define and prompt screening at an appropriate frequency. The screenings will be developed under the Phase 1 grant to DCPCA.
  2. A utility to exchange screening results with other providers via existing HIE tools and governance protocols. Results of SDOH screenings will be displayed in a format to enable providers to review up-to-date SDOH information that can support care coordination.
  3. Utilizing the local community resource inventory, identify social service providers appropriate for referral based on screening results.
  4. CoRIE Scripts: an ‘e-prescribing’ referral function to social services providers.
  5. CoRIE “Dispense” Notification: Feedback loop where referring providers will be notified when the patient has seen the referred provider and will be able to share care plan notes and other pertinent patient information. The care plan and information will be accessible in the HIE/ EHRs context.
  6. Analytics: A service or function to display population or panel data on screenings, social needs, and referrals, so that providers and administrators can set and monitor progress against improvement targets, and prioritize interventions to meet both health and social needs.

A successful applicant must demonstrate the ability to achieve the following objectives of the program:

  • Objective #1: Engage Community Stakeholders within the District of Columbia to Ensure Community Involvement throughout Design, Development and Implementation of CoRIE Technical Solution
  • Objective #2: Design, Develop and Implement a Technical Solution to Facilitate Screening and Exchange SDOH Screening and eReferral Information Among Users Via HIE Infrastructure
  • Objective #3: Implement Standards-based, Flexible Technical and Governance Solutions to Enable SDOH Data Integration and Exchange via HIE
  • Objective #4: On-board District Social Service Providers to the platform to facilitate the exchange of SDOH information

For more information on each of the above objectives, see the RFA: RFA:

For detailed background information, see pages 4-5 of the RFA:

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GrantWatch ID#: 186525

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $1,000,000

Term of Contract:

The grant period will be the date of award to September 30, 2019, unless extended by exercising up to two (2) option years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements to apply for this grant. Failure to demonstrate eligibility for award of this grant in the application will result in denial of the application and the application will not be evaluated.

1. Be organized under the District of Columbia Non-Profit Corporation Act (D.C. Official Code, sec. 29-501 et seq) or organized as a Non-Profit organization in the jurisdiction where the entity is incorporated.
2. Have the authority to enter into an agreement with DHCF and be in compliance with applicable District of Columbia laws and regulations.
3. Be a registered organization in good standing with the DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA), Corporation Division, the Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR), the Department of Employment Services (DOES), and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and demonstrate Clean Hands certification, by both DCRA and OTR, at the time of application.
4. Be a HIE entity; defined as a unit that creates or maintains an infrastructure that provides organizational and technical capabilities in an interoperable system to enable the secure, electronic exchange of health-related information among participating organizations not under common ownership.
5. Be a HIE entity operating in the District to facilitate patient care for District residents through the secure electronic exchange of health-related information among approved, qualifying partners according to nationally recognized standards.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A pre-application conference is scheduled for July 23, 2019 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. at the Department of Health Care Finance (441 4th St. NW, 10th Floor, Main Street Conference Room, #1028, Washington, DC 20001).

Pre-Application Information:

The application must be submitted no later than 4:00 p.m., Eastern time by the deadline date of August 19, 2019.

Key Dates and Information:

- RFA release Thursday, July 18, 2019
- Pre-application meeting Tuesday July 23, 2019 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
- Deadline to submit written questions: Friday, July 26, 2019
- Answers to questions available at On Tuesday, July 30, 2019
- Application due Monday, August 19, 2019 by 4:00 p.m. Eastern
- Award announcement (expected) Thursday, September 19 2019
- Grant start and end dates Award date to September 30, 2019 plus option years

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit hard copy applications in person to:

DHCF c/o DaShawn Groves
441 4th St. NW, Suite 900 South
Washington, DC 20001( at the 9th Floor Reception Desk)

DaShawn Groves, Health Care Reform & Innovation Administration
(202) 442-8956

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USA: Washington, DC