Grassley asks CMS to detail its contractors’ conflicts
Senate Finance Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has asked the CMS to list any identified conflicts of interest among the agency’s contractors and highlight any steps that the CMS has taken to prevent those conflicts. In an Oct. 29 letter, Grassley said he is concerned that the financial relationships between certain contractors may create conflicting roles that would hinder a contractor’s objectivity when monitoring and reviewing another contractor’s work. Grassley noted that this year, the Government Accountability Office agreed with a complainant that the CMS was wrong to give a contract to a company to detect and investigate potential fraud because it would have enabled the company to evaluate the work of its parent company. “I am concerned that there are other similar cases at CMS involving potential contractor conflicts of interest,” wrote Grassley, who then listed eight companies, some of which he said are subsidiaries of parent companies that have contracts with the CMS. Grassley asked for a response no later than Nov. 19.