CMS Awards HP $26 Million for EHR Incentive Support
HP Enterprise Services announced Oct. 13 that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has awarded the technology company a $26 million contract to support the agency in administering the federally legislated electronic health record (EHR) incentive programs.
The EHR incentive programs created by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, which is part of the 2009 economic stimulus law, provides incentive payments to eligible professionals (EPs) and hospitals able to demonstrate meaningful use of a certified EHR system between 2011-2015.
HP will maintain the agency’s Integrated Data Repository (IDR) and provide data quality services to improve the accuracy of Medicare payment data, the company said in a press release.
The IDR database provides CMS with Medicare claims, provider and plan data, and services to be used by the National Level Repository (NLR). CMS will use the NLR data to make Medicare incentive payment determinations for EPs and hospitals under the EHR incentive programs.
“To administer the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs, CMS must adopt even higher levels of data integrity to accurately make incentive payments to healthcare providers,” said Dennis Stolkey, senior vice president, U.S. Public Sector, HP Enterprise Services. “HP will assist CMS in the maintenance, management and integration of large volumes of Medicare data as this important program moves forward.”
HP is no stranger to CMS. The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company has provided support services to Medicare and Medicaid clients for 44 years, handling 35 percent of all Medicare and Medicaid claims in the United States and processing 2.4 billion health care transactions annually, including 1 billion in health care claims.