(PRWEB) November 12, 2013
Lantana Consulting Group was awarded an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract to support the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) “Measure and Instrument Development and Support” (MIDS) program. With the announcement, CMS indicated an expanded contract award from $500 million to $800 million. The contract will fund a variety of initiatives to promote quality of healthcare in the United States over the next five years. Lantana is one of two small businesses out of the 18 contractors that received a prime MIDS IDIQ award.
“This is a great moment for Lantana,” said Liora Alschuler, Lantana CEO. “It reflects CMS’s confidence in our maturity as a consulting firm and recognizes our role and mission—to transform healthcare through health information.”
The CMS MIDS program evaluates care by developing, testing, implementing, and reporting healthcare quality measures, providing the basis for on-going improvement.
“We’ve been working with CMS to define electronic quality measurement since the inception of the field,” said Bob Dolin, MD, Lantana president and chief medical officer. “Through our collaboration with CMS we have developed national standards for quality reporting; developed and maintained dozens of electronic clinical quality measures; and created tools to test, validate, and disseminate the measures. As Lord Kelvin said over 100 years ago, if you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it. Today we add that if you can’t standardize it, you can’t measure it.”
The Lantana MIDS IDIQ contract recognizes 10 subcontractors: Abt Associates, Clinovations, Edaptive, Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG), Mathematica Policy Research, the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), NORC at the University of Chicago, Qualidigm, Telligen, and The Joint Commission. In addition to its role as a prime contractor on the MIDS IDIQ, Lantana is subcontractor to four prime contractors: Abt Associates, Florida Medical Quality Assurance, Inc. (FMQAI), Mathematica Policy Research, and RTI International.
The MIDS IDIQ supports activities within the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act program, which is a part of the larger American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. The HITECH Act provides for incentive payments to hospitals and physicians that adopt electronic health record (EHR) systems and use them to improve quality of care and patient health.
LANTANA CONSULTING GROUP
Lantana Consulting Group (http://www.lantanagroup.com) provides services and software for standards-based health information exchange. The company has led the development of more than two dozen US and international healthcare data exchange standards, including the Health Level Seven International (HL7) Clinical Document Architecture (CDA), Consolidated CDA (C-CDA), HQMF (Healthcare Quality Measure Format) or "eMeasure," and Quality Reporting Document Architecture (QRDA) standards—all cited as requirements for Stage 2 Meaningful Use of electronic health record (EHR) systems in the United States. Lantana operates in a distributed environment with more than 40 consultants providing a cohesive and experienced core of interoperability experts.
CMS MIDS IDIQ
For more information on the CMS MIDS IDIQ contract award, see the description on the Federal Business Opportunities website.