The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services awarded contracts to 15 of 23 bidders on its five-year, $7 billion Research, Measurement, Assessment, Design and Analysis (RMADA) procurement program.
The contract is considered among the biggest civilian contract programs to be awarded this year and will provide a variety of professional, scientific and technical services.
Vendors in the RMADA program will provide research and payment and service delivery models aimed at reducing costs in the Medicare, Medicaid and other federal healthcare programs, according to the RMADA request for proposals. The cost-cutting initiatives were authorized by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).
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“The demands of new reforms created under ACA have redefined the way CMS approaches and conducts research activities and demonstrations affecting Medicare, Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and uninsured populations,” the RMADA request for proposals said. “The role of state and private sector payers is also redefined as many of the new models include multiple payers working in collaboration with CMS to reform the care delivery system. The RMADA will provide CMS with a robust tool to meet those challenges.”
An analysis of the program by market research firm Deltek said the models and demonstrations to be performed under this indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract can move from design to announcement, then to implementation in less than a year. “These models and demonstrations can be scaled without congressional approval if programs can demonstrate cost savings while maintaining and improving quality.”
The 15 vendors, who were awarded contracts on July 14, are:
■Abt Associates Inc.
■American Institutes for Research
■Arbor Research Collaborative for Health
■Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.
■The Lewin Group
■Mathematica Policy Research
■NORC at the University fo Chicago
■Social & Scientific Systems Inc.
■Truven Health Analytics
■Regents of The University of Colorado