CMS And Northrop Grumman Sing A Contract

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it has signed a contract with Northrop Grumman northern_guopoto design a national repository for tracking incentive payments to healthcare providers that CMS is going to pay for meaningful use of electronic health records(EHR) beginning in 2011. The contract's value is nearly $34 million during one year with added five and one-half year option periods. According to the new contract, Northrop Grumman is going to design, create, install and maintain the new data repository that is going to provide support to the administration and incentive payment disbursements of Medicare and Medicaid programs directed towards medical professionals, hospitals and other healthcare providing organizations.

Amy King, Northrop Grumman's vice president of health information technology programs, commented "As the United States undergoes a significant transformation of its healthcare system, the National Level Repository will meet a critical need by processing millions of transactions to provide correct and accurate payments to our countless professionals, institutions and state agencies that are serving the medical needs of our citizens," CMS officials mentioned that The National Level Repository would support the agency by offering an agile, flexible and scalable solution to help covering the requirements of the HITECH Act, which encourages the implementation and meaningful use of healthcare IT to enhance the level of the delivered patient care.

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