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921150 — American Indian and Alaska Native Tribal Governments
Contracting Office
Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Office of Acquisition and Grants Management, 7500 Security Blvd., C2-21-15, Baltimore, Maryland, 21244-1850
ZIP Code
Solicitation Number
Archive Date
Point of Contact
Phillip Harrell, Phone: 410-786-8635, Louis P. Anderson, Phone: 410-786-5564
E-Mail Address
phillip.harrell@cms.hhs.gov, Louis.Anderson@cms.hhs.gov
(phillip.harrell@cms.hhs.gov, Louis.Anderson@cms.hhs.gov)
Small Business Set-Aside
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), intends to award under Simplified Acquisition Procedures, a sole source purchase order to Comanche Nation, 584 NW Bingo Road, Lawton, OK 733507-1214 for the following services, under NAICS Code 921150. The purpose of this effort is to award a purchase order to a Tribal College and University (TCU) to provide a 12-month training program that will lead to the certification of new health insurance billing coders and re-certification of existing billing coders. As part of this initiative, CNC will provide necessary outreach to enroll students in the program, and identify their individual coding skills as advanced, intermediate or beginner. Individuals to be targeted for the outreach and training are those who work for tribal providers as billing coders or perform related tasks. This training is necessary to meet the demand for coding services created by the growing utilization of Medicare and Medicaid programs in tribal communities and the ongoing policy and procedural changes made in these programs that impact payment and billing practices. The TCU will provide students skills in ICD9 and CPT4 coding to achieve certification through one of the billing coding certification entities such as the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). The TCU will also be available to conduct training to permit existing coders to maintain certification by providing the latest information on procedural and policy changes and the concepts of the ICD10 coding system. By making adequately trained billing coders available, CMS will contribute to improving timeliness of payments to HIS and tribal providers and assuring that payment is made for all the covered services they provide. These improvements will allow fledgling Indian Health Services (IHS) and tribal providers in rural, remote and frontier areas to have funding available to maintain health care services needed by their patients. While IHS providers are also in need of this training, this effort will focus on tribal providers for two reasons: (1) IHS has an existing training program for its providers and (2) the number of tribal providers is increasing sharply as more tribes use the authorities available to them to operate their own programs. Interested students who are neither employees of a tribal provider nor HIS employees can also participate in the training. This procurement should be awarded to the Comanche Nation because no other sources will satisfy agency requirements given the unique nature of the Presidential Executive Order requiring Federal agencies to assist TCUs in accessing Federal resources. This purchase order will focus upon establishing and continuing a program to train billing coders within tribal communities using TCU and tribal resources within those communities. CN is the most capable of providing these trainings in these communities given that many of the tribal colleges are very small institutions and do not have sufficient staff support to meet the demands of a project such as this without extensive startup funding. CN has a proven track record of success with CMS of conducting such training and effectively using its current administrative capacity. One of the critical factors in this training program is acquiring an adequate number of students in order to institute the training program. Because CN is located in Oklahoma, where the largest number of tribes in the continental United States is located, it has access to a large potential student pool necessary for this effort. CN also has strong relations with other tribal colleges located in Oklahoma and can thus make arrangements to train students at other locations other than on the main campus of the college while at the same time remaining firmly within the tribal community. Additionally, CN has proven access to staff trained in the provision of billing coding with an emphasis on CMS issues. All responsible sources may submit a response, which, if received timely, must be considered by the agency. Expression of interest and statement of capabilities must be emailed to Phillip.Harrell@cms.hhs.gov. Statement of capabilities must be received within 5 days from the published date of this notice. In addition, all interested contractors must be registered with the Central Contractors Registration System (CCR) at the following website: http://www.ccr.gov.
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Address: 7500 Security Blvd., C2-21-15, Baltimore, Maryland, 21244-1850, United States
Zip Code: 21244-1850
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