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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is asking private-sector software vendors to develop a computer application that will help the agency reduce fraud and abuse among Medicaid providers.
Software engineers who hit the mark will receive prizes totaling between $500,000 and $600,000, according to CMS.CMS will use the winning software to screen potential Medicaid providers and “keep bad actors from ever getting into the program,” according to Julie Boughn, deputy director at the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services.
The Provider Screening Innovator Challenge began May 30 and is expected to run through October or November. Through a series of contests over the next 8 to 9 months, challenge participants will create software products that will be judged by an expert panel of CMS employees.
Successful software entries must be able to:
CMS is conducting the Provider Screening Innovator Challenge in partnership with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Harvard Business School, the State of Minnesota, and TopCoder, an online community of software engineers and computer scientists.
Software vendors can register for the challenge by visiting NASA’s Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation.