The Department of Health & Social Services just announced that it is opening up the contract to administer API to competitive bid. This is an important first step to restoring public trust. This is now being done the way it should have been done in the first place.
DHSS is now slowing down to do the privatization feasibility study required by their contract with ASEA to determine whether privatization would increase patient safety or save the state money. If that feasibility study supports it, DHSS will initiate a competitive bid process to solicit proposals to run API.
There is no replacement for a careful and methodical decision making process in determining who should provide care for the vulnerable patients at API.
I will continue to closely monitor to ensure that DHSS stays true to its commitment to a public process that restores the public trust.