Lewin Secures Spot on $1.6 Billion CMS Health Quality Measures Contract Vehicle
Falls Church, Va. (DATE) – The Lewin Group (Lewin), a leading health care consulting firm, recently secured a position on a list of highly-qualified organizations to assist the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in developing and maintaining measures to assess the quality of health care delivered to their beneficiaries.
The Measure and Instrument Development and Support (MIDS) Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracting vehicle allows CMS to solicit specific tasks from a pool of pre-approved and qualified vendors, which includes Lewin. The MIDS IDIQ is a five-year base, plus five option-year contract worth up to $1.6 billion.
“The Lewin Group is honored to have been recognized by CMS as an industry leader. We look forward to helping CMS evaluate and improve the care being delivered to millions of Americans,” said Charlie Bruetman, M.D., Lewin Senior Vice President for the federal health and human services market.
CMS oversees the health coverage for more than 140 million Americans through Medicare, Medicaid and other programs. In recent years, health care programs have been shifting payments from the quantity of services provided (fee-for-service) to a system that focuses on the value and quality of care delivered to beneficiaries (value-based).
To evaluate these efforts, CMS sought highly-qualified and experienced private-sector partners through the MIDS IDIQ to assist them in developing and implementing quality measures that assess the effectiveness of clinical quality of care, care coordination, population health, safety and cost-effectiveness, among other areas.
Lewin has a long history in providing health care and human services policy research, analytics and consulting to a number of federal and state clients. Currently, Lewin, a subsidiary of OptumServe, is working closely with CMS in developing and maintaining a number of quality and efficiency measures, and supporting initiatives to improve the quality of care and reduce overall health care costs. Lewin has also been working with the Departments of Defense (DoD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) to develop and update evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to provide consistent quality of care, reduce errors, and improve health outcomes for veterans and service members.