Government kicks off effort to modernize Medicare data centers

Government kicks off effort to modernize Medicare data centers

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued a request for information on modernizing its data centers to handle an expected onslaught of Medicare claims within the next 10 years.

The modernization will help CMS comply with Medicare and e-government requirements and ensure the Health and Human Services Department agency can handle a burgeoning claims-processing load, the agency detailed in a notice on FedBizOpps yesterday. As the population ages, the department anticipates a steep rise in Medicare claims during the next decade.

CMS currently uses multiple and disparate data centers for claims processing. Under its Enterprise Data Centers initiative, the agency will reduce the number of centers, upgrade processing systems, improve the interoperability of the centers and take greater control of center operations [see GCN story].

CMS plans to award multiple indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contracts for the project. Each 10-year deal will have a three-year base period and seven one-year options. The current plan calls for CMS to issue a final solicitation in February and to award contracts in September.

The agency will host an industry day Nov. 8 to provide more details about how the modernization will affect the way it handles claims processing. Responses to the RFI are due Nov. 23.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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