CMS awards $18M Medicare Cost Estimator 2.0 support contract

G2X TAKE: Bellese, a small business human-centered service design company who works with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, supporting price transparency, Medicare payment system modernization, and quality of care initiatives, just beat out 3 other bidders to secure this 3-year contract with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to support this tool intended to empower consumers to shop for their Healthcare needs. This contract was competed and awarded as a small business set-aside action on GSA IT-70.  

In announcing the award, Bellese noted: “The dedication and drive of the Office of Communication to give the best user experience to Medicare beneficiaries and their caretakers is second to none. We look forward to working by their side for another 3 years,“ said Pam Offutt, Bellese Chief Executive Officer.

“The products developed under the MCE contract are part of the CMS eMedicare suite of tools.The tools are designed to deliver a personalized user experience with information that empowers people to better understand cost information as it relates to care and coverage, and to use the information to get the best value when choosing healthcare providers and coverage.” 

“Bellese’s strategic focus on human centered design practices and exploratory data analysis pinpointed multiple opportunities for price awareness by beneficiaries and caregivers. Bellese uses a hypothesis-driven rapid prototyping process and an API-first approach to develop products. In addition to the PPL tool, the MCE products include the PPL American Medical Association (AMA) API, Office Visit Pricing API, Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Supplier Directory, and an Imaging Pricing API.” 

“It’s exciting to see our user and data-driven design and development process at work on MCE. Extending our clinical ontology with machine learning to provide an Ontology-as-a-Service solution will improve the information we put in the hands of beneficiaries and caretakers when they need it most.” said John duClos, Bellese Chief Technology Officer. Source: Bellese

See the press release here.

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  • Bellese is a known incumbent on this effort, having been awarded a 3-year $10M Medicare Cost Estimator support task in 2018 (More here). This award announcement comes just weeks after learning that Bellese was awarded a $55M Hospital Quality Reporting (HQR) systems support task with the Agency.  
  • Led by CEO & Partner Pam Offutt; CTO & Partner John duClos; and Vice President for Client Relations and Growth Strategy, Shelley Gold, Bellese Technologies has seen considerable success in support of CMS over the past decade, growing from a subcontractor on the Consolidated Renal Operations in a Web-Based Network (CROWN) Program to providing support for a range of CMS Programs and initiatives, to include support for Medicare Cost Estimator and Modern Payment System, to Physician Quality Reporting System and Hospital Quality Reporting.  
  • In addition to GSA IT-70, Bellese serves as Prime partner to CMS on the multiple-award Medicare Payment Systems Modernization (MPSM) BPA and ADELE-QRI BPA.  
  • Bellese was recently recognized once again as a “Best Place to Work” by the Baltimore Sun and they were named to the list of NXT UP firms poised to make big waves in the Federal sector in 2020 and for years to come. 

RFP ID: RFQ-CMS-210518
Referenced IDV ID: GS35F356DA
Award ID: 75FCMC21F0062 

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