By Bernie Monegain, Healthcare IT News
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has awarded CGI Federal Inc., a wholly-owned U.S. operating subsidiary of CGI Group, a competitive, five-year task order worth $55 million.
Under the contract, CGI will continue software development and operational support services for the Provider Enrollment Chain Ownership System (PECOS) including Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) registration and attestation functionality.
PECOS supports Medicare's provider and supplier enrollment process by capturing provider/supplier information. The system manages, tracks, and validates enrollment data collected in both paper form and electronically.
PECOS plays a key role in the agency's effort to combat fraud. To date, more than 800,000 eligible health professionals have registered as Medicare providers via PECOS.
CMS' HITECH registration and attestation process automatically extracts secured provider data from PECOS to help identify eligibility for incentive payments for adopting electronic health record technology.
"CMS is on the leading edge of U.S. healthcare information technology initiatives," said George Schindler, president, CGI Federal. "Their efforts to streamline enrollment practices have increased care options for Medicare's 47 million beneficiaries."