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CMS awards $5.5M deal for incentive payment services

Government HealthIT/HIMSS, August 13, 2010

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is readying a set electronic accounting and processing tools that will help authenticate, track and manage payments to health care providers participating in the federal meaningful use financial incentive program. To support its efforts, CMS recently awarded a $5.5 million five-year contract to National Government Services Inc., a large Medicare contractor in 20 states, to assist in preparing and processing incentive payments beginning in fiscal 2011. The services will help ensure the proper accounting of the payments to eligible physicians and hospitals under the HITECH Act, according to CMS. The agency has estimated that up to 50,000 physicians and more than 2,000 hospitals will participate in the first year of the meaningful use program.