The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is looking into the possibility of hiring a contractor to help it monitor newspapers, websites and public events to detect misleading Medicare plan marketing practices.
CMS officials have posted a “Marketplace and Surveillance Support Services and Data Reporting” sources sought notice on the Federal Business Opportunities website.
In the notice, which was posted Dec. 22, officials note that they are not putting out a formal request for proposals.
Instead, officials say, they are looking into the availability of vendors that can help them look for possible Medicare Advantage plan and Medicare Part D prescription drug plan marketing problems.
Insurers are making widespread use of agents and brokers to sell the private Medicare products, and some of the products, “have engaged in practices that cause CMS considerable concern,” officials say.