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HP to Maintain CMS Integrated Data Repository

October 18, 2010
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Palo Alto, Calif.-based HP Enterprise Services announced it has been awarded a task order worth up to $26 million by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to maintain its Integrated Data Repository (IDR) and provide data quality services to improve the accuracy of Medicare payment data.

The task order is in support of the agency's administration of the Medicare and Medicaid electronic health records (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.

The IDR database provides CMS with critical Medicare claims, provider and plan data, as well as data services to be used by the National Level Repository (NLR). CMS will use the NLR data to make the Medicare incentive payment determinations for eligible health care professionals and hospitals under the EHR incentive programs.

As the NLR Data Quality contractor, HP will ensure that payment grade data is provided to the NLR by establishing data reconciliation, audits and reporting processes to validate IDR data. The agreement with HP will support CMS in administering a federally legislated incentive program.

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