Solicitation: CMS Data Services Hub

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** Update 1.22.16

CMS expects the Data Services Hub (DSH) system to support a first-class customer experience, provide seamless coordination between state-administered Medicaid and CHIP programs and the Federally Facilitated Marketplace (FFM), and between the FFM and plans, employers, and navigators. These systems will also generate robust data in support of program evaluation efforts.

Through this procurement, CMS seeks qualified Contractors to maintain current services, build new services (when required) and maintain current technical solutions and support the operations of the DSH that serves the needs as described within the Affordable Care Act, enables consumers to obtain affordable health care coverage, and allows employers to offer healthcare coverage to their employees..

This is a notice that this order/BPA is a total set aside for Small Business” “There was also an RFQ posted on 1/19 that was mistakenly posted as not restricted to small business. That RFQ (# 1164510) has been canceled. The documents attached to this RFQ are identical. The only difference being this is marked as restricted to small business.

RFQ Close Date: 02/13/2017 02:00:00 PM EST

G2X TAKE: After inadvertently posting the final solicitation as Full and open, CMS canceled and reissued the final RFP for the CMS Data Services Hub as a Small Business Set-Aside late Friday afternoon.

This was released on IT-70. Need a copy of the SOW? A link to the document is included in the comment thread below. Note: you will need to be logged in. 

Teams have formed in advance of the solicitation. A lost of potential partners included in prior dated posts below. 



** Update 12.13.16

G2X TAKE:  A bit of Deja Vu as for the second time in the past month, a draft solicitation has been “made available to assist industry in preparing for the recompete of the DSH contract”. Potential bidders will not be able to complain about transparency on this one.

The draft RFP was released on IT-70 with a due date of 02/12/2017, though CMS does not appear to be asking for any response. Need a copy of the latest draft SOW? Email us at admin@g2xchange.com


** Update 11.29.16

Response Due: 12/05/2016 10:00 AM EST (the notice also mentions 12/12, but stay with 12/5 until CMS addresses)

G2X TAKE: The draft SOW released by CMS seeks a vendor to maintain and build upon current services, maintain current technical solutions and support the operations of the Data Services Hub that “serves the needs as described within the Affordable Care Act, enables consumers to obtain affordable health care coverage, and allows employers to offer healthcare coverage to their employees.”

Initially awarded as a 6 year $68.7M task to QSSI in late 2011, this system that serves as a core component of healthcare marketplace is on every major CMS players radar. The contract ballooned in value, with current exercised options through March of 2017 showing at close to $180M. Optum/QSSI received a logical follow-on contract, providing extra time to compete this (see below). 

Looking to partner? Optum/QSSI is the obvious top partner option, with small firms such as Scope Infotech, Sparksoft, Next Phase, Ventech and C-HIT, and large firms such as Deloitte, Accenture, GDIT, CNSI, Maximus, Booz Allen and CSRA serving as coveted partners based on their expertise and relationships

This was released as a SB set aside on GSA IT-70. Need a copy of the SOW? Email us at admin@g2xchange.com


** Update 9.13.16

Data Services Hub, September 13, 2016, FBO.gov

Contract #HHSM-500-2007-00024I was initially awarded to Quality Software Services, Inc. (QSSI) as a competitive Cost-Reimbursement type Indefinite-Delivery Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) contract under the Enterprise Systems Development (ESD) program. CMS is using the exception to fair opportunity described in FAR 16.505(b)(2)(i)(C) to award a logical follow-on task order to obtain services to continue support of the Data Services Hub (DSH). The approval to issue this logical follow-on task order is included in a separate posting.  

G2X TAKE: As part of the justification for awarding a $31M logical follow on task to the incumbent for continued support of the CMS Data Services Hub, CMS cites the risks associated with changing vendors at this point -- If "the program does not remain fully functional for the 2017 open enrollment period, the FFM could malfunction and as a result negatively impact millions of people who rely on obtaining insurance coverage in a timely manner."

CMS states that they are "currently planning a competitive procurement for the DSH effort in FY 17. CMS estimates this new competitive effort will be awarded by March 2017."

This logical follow on contract awarded to QSSI/Optum runs through July of 2017, while being initially funded at $20.6M. 


** Original Post 8.11.16

Data Services Hub, FBO, 8.10.2016

The Marketplace Exchange Program (MEP) which serves the needs of individuals within states where those states do not have their own state-run exchange, and the Data Services Hub (DSH), which provides common services and interfaces to federal agency information. Since states may elect to establish their own state-run exchanges or portions thereof, this procurement will permit future modifications to encompass state’s needs that are unknown at this time. Should CMS require additional services over and above those awarded at time of award, CMS will modify this order accordingly to meet the individuals’ and states’ needs. CMS expects these information technology (IT) systems to support a first-class

customer experience, provide seamless coordination between state-administered Medicaid and CHIP programs and the MEP, and between the MEP and plans, employers, and navigators. These systems will also generate robust data in support of program evaluation efforts.

Through this procurement, CMS seeks qualified contractors to build the technical solution and support the operations of the DSH that serves the needs as described within the Affordable Care Act, enables consumers to obtain affordable health care coverage, and allows employers to offer healthcare coverage to their employees.

The DSH requirements support common services and provide an interface to federal agency information. These requirements drive a data services information hub structure that will act as a single interface point for Exchanges to all federal agency partners, and provide…

G2X TAKE: Initially awarded as a 6 year $68.7M task to QSSI in late 2011, this system that serves as a core component of healthcare marketplace is on every major CMS players radar. The contract ballooned in value, with current exercised options through March of 2017 showing at close to $180M.

This sources sought is all about identifying, or justifying the right course of action related to both vehicle and potential set-aside. SPARC is almost certainly the preferred vehicle of choice, but without resolution, that may not be an option. We are certain that both large and small firms alike will be more than willing to direct CMS to release this on a friendly vehicle where the competition is not as stiff.

This was not released as a set-aside last time around, though it was awarded to a relatively small firm at the time. Given the high profile nature and importance of this program, smalls will be working hard to convince CMS to limit the competition.

Looking to partner? Optum/QSSI is obvious, but large firms such as Deloitte, GDIT, CNSI, Maximus, Booz Allen and CSRA to name a few are likely to have this near the top of their list for capture, with small firms such as Scope Infotech, Sparksoft, Next Phase, Ventech and C-HIT serving as coveted partners based on their expertise and relationships. 


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