The federal government has quietly announced it is looking for a new Medicare Secondary Payer Recovery Contractor (“MSPRC”) to handle Medicare liens. The federal government has also quietly announced it is looking for a new Coordination of Benefits Contractor (“COBC”) to handle Medicare liens. What makes these announcements more interesting is that they didn’t happen separately, nor will they be filled by separate companies.
A new Medicare Secondary Payer Integration Contract (“MSPIC”) has been created to replace the COBC and MSPRC. FedBizOpps.gov has begun requesting bids on the MSPIC contract which industry leaders expect to be awarded in late Spring or early Summer 2012. You can review the bid requests via a contract Solicitation Number on FedBizOpps.gov (SS-CMS-2011-120036). A synopsis of the contractor functions is:
This is a Sources Sought Notice to determine the availability of potential small businesses (e.g. 8(a), service-disabled veteran owned small business, HUBZone small business, small disadvantaged business, small disadvantaged veteran-owned small business, and women-owned small business) in accordance with FAR 7.104(d). The potential small business will need to demonstrate the ability to provide services related to the integration of MSP (Medicare Secondary Payer) IT systems MSP business program functions.
MSPRC representatives has previously told LRS that 400 case workers exist under the current contract. Any business applying to be the new MSPIC would require hundreds more than the current MSPRC. The combination of the MSPRC and COBC is designed to provide a single entity to improve customer relations and efficiency (via one point of contact), and more important to the government: improve debt collection.
CMS, COBC, and MSPRC representatives have yet to confirm any phone, fax, or address changes for the October 1, 2011 switch from the current MSPRC (Chickasaw Nation Industries) to the interim MSPRC (the current COBC: Group Health Incorporated). Changes are possible on October 1, 2011. Changes are highly likely once the new MSPIC contract is awarded in late Spring/early Summer 2012.
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