UPDATE: PECOS-R Down-Select
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** Update 7.18.16 **
Due to the protest of the PECOS 2.0 solicitation, CMS will be taking corrective action. CMS anticipates sending a revised RFQ to quoters next week with a new due date for Stage 1 quotes. Current quoters shall disregard the down select notifications sent earlier this week. We appreciate your interest in this procurement and will follow up with additional information early next week.
G2X TAKE: Only a few days after informing bidders of a down-select, it appears CMS has done an about face and they will be sending a revised RFQ to quoters next week with a new due date for Stage 1 quotes.
This is a new process and approach taken by CMS, so some bumps in the road are expected. With a new Acquisition Leader, Melissa Starinsky, recently announced we suspect that between CMS SPARC and the new approaches taken on DEX and PECOS-R, she has her hands full evaluating the best path forward.
Interested in knowing who made the cut? While not official, included in the comment thread below are some off the firms believed to have made the initial down-select, along with a list of those who may not have, along with lively discussion. To check it out and participate, make sure you are logged in.
** Update 5.31.16 **
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking a Contractor to develop, maintain, and support a system for sharing data among CMS and the separate Medicaid programs of every State. This system will broadly support the agency’s efforts to detect and prevent healthcare provider fraud, waste, abuse, and errors in the Medicare and Medicaid health insurance programs.
This Statement of Objectives (SOO) provides the agency’s basic intentions for this procurement. The CMS Product Owner has supplied their initial concepts for the Data Exchange System (DEX) in a separate “ConOps” Appendix…
G2X TAKE: Maybe a week later than originally projected, but Daniel Levenson and the team at CMS have released the RFQ for DEX, a task to develop, maintain, and support a system for sharing data among CMS and the separate Medicaid programs of every State. Based on the calls we have received you can expect a number of firms to be reviewing this closely.
Looking to partner? A few companies with the past performance, relationships and/or expertise at CPI include Ventech, DCCA, Signature Consulting, HMS Federal, Integrity Management Services and Health Integrity along with large partners such as IBM, CSRA, Northrop Grumman and TurningPoint.
This was released on IT-70. Need a copy of the SOO? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
** Update 5.5.16 **
PECOS Redesign released right on schedule. Only thing that stands out in the early review is added language on extra consideration for SDVOSB firms. Need a copy of the SOW? email us at email@example.com
** Posted below - 04.27.16 **
G2X TAKE: While it can be loads of fun to take down a re-compete, there is nothing that gets the contractor community more excited than New Work with no incumbent to chase away. G2X heard from CMS Digital Service Contracting Advisor, Dan Levenson, yesterday about two upcoming tasks that are expected to be released within the next few weeks.
The first is the development of a new Data Exchange (DEX) solution. This new data sharing platform is part of an effort to automate and share data across the states about providers who have been terminated. This RFP is expected to be released mid-May on GSA IT-70 as a small business set-aside under NAICS 541512.
The second is the PECOS Redesign. This much anticipated solicitation is to acquire a newly developed / engineered Provider Enrollment Chain and Ownership System (PECOS 2.0) and associated services to support the Centers for Program Integrity (CPI). This RFP is expected to be released the first part of May on GSA IT-70 as a small business set-aside under NAICS 541512. While there is an existing PECOS incumbent, this is a new system. A Sources Sought was posted in December.
In both cases, you can expect CMS to be focused heavily on newer agile approaches and innovation.
Why is CMS reaching out to G2X on this? They want to ensure firms are aware of this. They want competition, because it should help ensure they get the best solution. We applaud CMS for their transparency efforts and for actively working to get the word out.
We should note that Dan just finished a stint with the U.S. Digital Services focused on innovative acquisition strategies and approaches. We will be watching closely to see how/if the CMS embraces some of the new ideas happening across government.
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