CMS Is “Not Intercepted.”

“When you know what you’re doing, you’re not intercepted.” – Johnny Unitas Johnny U. famously uttered those words in 1958, after leading the Baltimore Colts to victory in “The Greatest Game Ever Played.” Fifty-five years later the Baltimore-based Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), demonstrating that they “knew what they’re doing,” were “not intercepted” in an OCI bid protest. [Disclaimer: on several occasions during the past two years the author has conducted OCI training for CMS contracting officers and program managers.] In September 2012, CMS awarded a task order to CGI Federal to be a Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC). The function of an MSP-RAC is to identify and recover erroneous overpayments made by Medicare where an employer-sponsored Group Health Plan … Continue reading

Healthcare – A Look Ahead at 2013

Rod Benson prepared this blog.  He serves as Counsel for the Washington, D.C. law firm Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney.  Rod previously served as the Director of Acquisition and Grants for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.   As companies consider business opportunities with the Federal Government, they are increasingly pursuing healthcare-related contracts.  Budgets throughout the Federal Government are tightening.  The threat of sequestration may result in significant budget cuts for the Department of Defense (DOD).  However, budgets for agencies like the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) continue to grow based upon expanded responsibilities.  As a result, in the past few years, many traditionally DOD contractors have ventured into healthcare. The coming year should offer increased contracting opportunities in healthcare.  Most significantly, the … Continue reading