The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and UnitedHealthcare (UHC), in collaboration with OptumLabs, are excited to offer this funding opportunity to address conservative therapies for low back pain.
The project will define the potential impact of early physical therapy and other non-opioid related strategies to address LBP, with specific attention to costs, utilization, and quality outcomes. Another goal is to identify opportunities to accelerate translation of study outcomes via practical strategies and policies that payers, providers, patients and other stakeholder channels should consider.
This funding opportunity is being offered to OptumLabs Partners, with expertise in health services research, observational studies using claims data and a particular focus on low back pain management. This project will leverage the existing OptumLabs Data Warehouse (OLDW) which includes administrative claims, EHR-derived clinical data and sociodemographic data.Funding
Only OptumLabs partners, which includes UC affiliates, are eligible to submit proposals. Parties not under an active master agreement with OptumLabs are eligible to participate as a collaborator on the project, but will be required to team with an OptumLabs partner who has full research status related to the use of OLDW.
Submission and Selection Process and Timeline
This funding opportunity opens on March 15, 2017. Partners considering responding to this proposal are invited to submit questions about this RFP by March 20 that OptumLabs will address via a webinar to be hosted on March 21 at 3PM ET. Respondents’ proposals must be submitted, via email, to firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 11:59pm ET.
Proposal review and award selection – a selection committee comprised of representatives from OptumLabs, American Physical Therapy Association, UHC, and Optum Physical Health will score the submissions based on the enclosed scoring rubric and selection criteria (see Appendix A). All respondents will be notified of the selection decision on or before Monday, April 24, 2017.
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