Two consulting firms bid for West Virginia health agency assessment contract

25 May 2022 2 min. read

Two management consultancies – McChrystal Group and DHG Healthcare – have submitted bids for a contract to deliver a comprehensive organization assessment and strategic plan for West Virginia’s Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR).

The request for proposals (RFP) arrived after state legislators passed a bill in the most recent session to split the DHHR in two, citing operational and financial issues stemming from the agency’s unwieldy size.

Gov. Jim Justice vetoed the bill, saying restructuring the agency required a more careful examination – including a “top-to-bottom review” to identify the DHHR’s “issues, bottlenecks, and inefficiencies.”

Justice added, “We will work to develop a plan to address any and all problems, which may very well require a full reorganization of the agency.”

Two consulting firms bid for West Virginia health agency assessment contractEach consulting firm outlined their approach, relevant expertise, and price tag in their respective bids for the 17-week contract, West Virginia Metro News reported.

Alexandria, VA-based McChrystal Group proposed the design of a web-based survey instrument and the interview of key stakeholders and network influencers as part of the organizational assessment. The proposal highlighted a team with more than 50 years of combined experience and recent similar engagements with the health departments of Virginia and New Hampshire.

McChrystal Group was founded in 2011 by Stanley McChrystal, a retired US Army four-star general. The firm’s more than 150 professionals provide advisory services, leadership institute, and diagnostic assessments to clients in a range of industries, including government, healthcare, financial services, energy, and technology.

DHG Healthcare proposed an initial organizational assessment followed by an in-depth examination of the agency and a strategic plan.

The firm noted its “deep experience” with federal and state governments and complex health systems. The consultancy – which is the healthcare consulting subsidiary of 2000-person accounting firm Dixon Hughes Goodman – also highlighted its previous engagements advising healthcare providers participating in DHHR programs.