Blue Cross unit to track health-record stimulus payments

Companion Data Services will host and operate data repository for CMS

Companion Data Services LLC will provide data processing and hosting services to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to track economic stimulus law incentive payments under a new contract valued at $24 million, the company announced.

Companion Data, which is a subsidiary of Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, will host and operate the CMS’ National Level Repository database on a Linux platform at its facilities in Columbia, S.C., according to a news release.

The contract has a single base year and four option years and is valued at $24 million if all options are exercised.

The repository is a database being created to track the $17 billion in stimulus law incentive payments to be paid to physician practices and hospitals that buy and meaningfully use electronic health record systems. The payments will begin in October.

Under a separate contract, Companion Data also is providing consulting services to Northrop Grumman Corp., which was selected recently by CMS to design and develop the national repository system.

About the Author

Alice Lipowicz is a staff writer covering government 2.0, homeland security and other IT policies for Federal Computer Week.

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Tue, Jun 8, 2010 Jeremy Engdahl-Johnson Seattle, WA

Federal funding may be encouraging a move toward EHR, but there's more to it than just installing systems. How can healthcare data pooling lead to a better system? More at http://www.healthcaretownhall.com/?p=2193

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