CMS considers contractors for identifier program
RFI for feasibility of using federal supply schedules
- By Alice Lipowicz
- Sep 03, 2009
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
Services is considering using federal supply schedule contractors to
operate an existing database to assign health care providers a unique
CMS is seeking responses from General
Services Administration schedule contractors and small businesses that
can meet the requirements of a National Provider Identifier Enumerator,
according to a solicitation on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site.
The enumerator would be charged with assigning identifying numbers
to doctors and other providers, using the National Plan and Provider
The numbering system was established as part of the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. A final rule for the identifiers was published in 2004.
As of July, more than 2.9 million
identifying numbers have been assigned, including 2.2 million to
doctors and individual providers, and 700,000 to organizational
CMS wants a contractor that can manage
all the day-to-day aspects of managing the database, including
assigning the numbers, running a call center, and correcting errors.
Contractors are invited to submit ideas
until Sept. 18. The centers expects to turn the system over to the
contractor starting March 19, 2010.
CMS awarded a contract for the national
identifier system to Fox Systems Inc. in 2005, valued at $24.5 million,
according to the Input Inc. market research firm in Reston, Va. That
contract is set to expire in May 2010, Input said.
Alice Lipowicz is a staff writer covering government 2.0, homeland security and other IT policies for Federal Computer Week.