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ICF Secures 2 CMS Contracts for Digital Modernization Services; Mark Lee Quoted

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ICF has landed two contracts from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to aid in the center’s digital modernization endeavors.

The contracts share the goal of improving access to key public health data and will expand the work of SemanticBits, which was acquired by ICF this year, the Reston, Virginia-based organization announced on Nov. 21.

“As the single largest payer for healthcare in the U.S., CMS generates and collects enormous amounts of data. We bring a full suite of scalable digital modernization services to help CMS rapidly improve data quality and accessibility by healthcare professionals and the public, empowering the agency to better meet its overall mission of enhancing patient care and reducing costs,” said Mark Lee, executive vice president of ICF’s public sector.

The first award is valued at $25 million and tasks ICF with developing, operating and maintaining the agency’s health data sharing website to ensure that both healthcare professionals and the public can easily find, access and use important information. It has a six-month base period with four one-year option periods.

Under the second contract, a $20 million expansion with a one-year term, the company is responsible for modernizing CMS’ Internet Quality Improvement and Evaluation System, which is utilized by healthcare providers and over 60 federal and state agencies.

Additionally, ICF will continue building systems that meet Medicare survey requirements and implement modifications in compliance with federal reporting standards.

The two task orders follow ICF’s win of a previous Department of Health and Human Services award for providing the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration with digital modernization services.

Prior to the acquisition by ICF, SemanticBits was awarded two contracts, both of which are ongoing, by CMS last year. Under the first award, SemanticBits is currently developing the End Stage Renal Disease Quality Reporting System Portal. Under the second award, which falls under the CMS Quality Improvement Organization program, the company is supporting the enhancement of Medicare services’ effectiveness, efficiency, economy and quality.