As of 2:30 P.M. EST this afternoon, the U.S. Senate has rejected the latest House “Continuing Resolution” needed to fund federal government operations beyond the end of the fiscal year, set to end tonight, September 30th at midnight. Therefore, it appears very likely that the Government will shut down, at least for several days, starting tomorrow, October 1st.
Most relevant to CMS and MSP operations, PMSI has learned through the MARC Coalition that although the shutdown will result in many CMS staff being furloughed, it will NOT result in termination of operations at the MSPRC.
More specifically, CMS has indicated that all Coordination of Benefits/MSP contractors will be operating under normal hours, and that CMS does not expect any announcement to be posted. It is presumed that the MSPRC and COBC are operating using FY13 funding. Thus, while the CMS staff may not be at work tomorrow, the contractors will continue normal operations.
PMSI will continue to follow the shutdown and will keep suscribers notified of any significant changes relevant to CMS and the MSP.