CMS outsourcing efforts for improving health care...BD

MCLEAN, Va., May 30, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been awarded a task order from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to develop and implement a Web-based application that will help Medicare providers develop comprehensive assessments of patients discharged from post-acute care.

Under the CMS Professional Information Technology (IT) Services indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity contract, Northrop Grumman will create and deploy a patient assessment instrument that will allow Medicare providers to capture health and demographic information for complete, electronic patient profiles. The secure, Web-based environment will support CMS' post-acute care program, which is care provided to individuals who need additional help recuperating from an acute illness or serious medical procedure.

The post-acute care assessment instrument will be used for patient placement decision-making; enhanced safety and quality of information to a receiving provider; and comprehensive information for patient health follow-up and outcome. The data collected from the assessment instrument will also be used by CMS to improve Medicare's payment for post-acute care services and the coordination of these services.

Work on the contract will be conducted in Woodlawn, Md., over one year with three one-year options.

Source: Northrop Grumman Provides Patient Information Application to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid


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