Department of Health and Human Services officials are preparing for the opening of the new Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation in January. The office is supposed to help spread the use of innovative new payment and delivery systems to drive down the cost, and expand the availability of health care nationwide.
William Welch chairs the government contracts group at the General Counsel law firm and he tells us why.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has just awarded one of the biggest multiple award contracts of any civilian agency. It selected 15 companies to participate in the five-year program that could run as high as $7 billion. Bloomberg Government Quantitative Analyst Duncan Amos is tracking developments closely. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the new contract.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services operate websites meant to help Medicare patients navigate the tangled world of health care providers. But the sites often fail at basic tasks. Auditors from the Government Accountability Office found some don’t provide enough information to compare prices, while others don’t give adequate information about quality of care. Linda Kohn is director of Healthcare Issues at the GAO. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to share more of what GAO found.
For more than 20 years, a driving principle behind federal procurement is a simple one: To the extent possible, the government should buy regular commercial items under regular commercial terms and conditions. That idea is enshrined in law and regulation. So when it doesn’t happen, companies protest. In a dispute between contractor CGI Federal and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the U.S. Court of Appeals reaffirmed that commercial principle. Alan Chvotkin, executive vice president and counsel at the Professional Services Council, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain why the ruling is so important.
The Department of Health and Human Services’ inspector general highlighted several areas agencies should focus on when developing IT projects, including creating a badgeless culture with industry partners, better integration of policy and technology and a “ruthless prioritization” of capabilities.
A big data palooza for the health care field has just kicked off here in Washington. For what to expect, Federal Drive with Tom Temin asked Niall Brennan, chairman of the Health Data Palooza and chief data officer at the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Few places match the pace of innovation in health care found at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Dr. Patrick Conway, the deputy CMS administrator for innovation and quality and its chief medical officer, tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin size and scope of CMS.
The second iteration of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Fraud Prevention System will make it faster and easier for investigators to track down fraud and abuse.
Dr. Shantanu Agrawal, deputy administrator for program integrity and director of the Center for Program Integrity at the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, is one of 50 new fellows for the National Academy of Public Administration.