August 07, 2013
IMPAQ International, a research, evaluation, and technical assistance firm with offices in Columbia, Maryland, and Washington, DC, announced today that it has been awarded a contract worth more than $23M from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
Under the contract, IMPAQ and its partners — CGI Federal, the George Washington University Department of Health Policy, Milliman, The National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago, and Mr. Allen Feezor, an expert in healthcare policy, benefits administration, insurance and payment reform — will provide a broad range of services to support CMS’ efforts to implement Federally Facilitated Marketplaces (FFM), and State Partnership Marketplaces (SPM). These services will include, but not be limited to:
- assisting CMS in qualifying and monitoring health plans (“Qualified Health Plans,” QHPs) that will be offered in FFM and SPM Marketplaces;
- increasing awareness and understanding of FFM and SPM Marketplace operations among key stakeholders including small businesses; and
- providing technical assistance to States that are rolling out SPMs.
Cary Sennett, MD, PhD—IMPAQ’s President and a national leader in health policy—noted that the Health Insurance Marketplaces, also known as Exchanges, required by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) have the potential to greatly enhance the operation of the wider health insurance marketplace.
”These Marketplaces will provide both individuals and small businesses with access to a broad range of health insurance offerings in a setting in which they have the information that they need to choose the plan that is best for them,” said Dr. Sennett.
He added, “IMPAQ is delighted to have the opportunity to play an important role in supporting CMS’ efforts to launch FFMs and SPMs successfully.”
This contract expands the existing portfolio of work that IMPAQ is doing for CMS and the Department of Health and Human Services. IMPAQ’s Health Division has been particularly active in evaluating and supporting policies and programs related to payment innovation, the development and use of quality measures, and patient safety.
“We welcome this latest opportunity to support CMS as it continues to build the infrastructure needed to support a high-performing healthcare system in the United States. Our team is eager to leverage our expertise, experience, and dedication to producing rigorous, practical results, to help inform and guide this important effort,” Dr. Sennett added.