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SemanticBits Wins a Major 5-Year CMS Contract

By November 10, 2020January 21st, 2021No Comments

We are excited to announce that SemanticBits has won the Patient Assessment and Survey Certification IT Development (PASCID) contract for the iQIES program. This is a modernization project to replatform the legacy CMS Quality Improvement and Evaluation Systems (QIES). This five-year contract is a significant program to support CMS quality initiatives.

QIES encapsulates a life cycle of care given by Medicare/Medicaid-certified providers to their residents and patients; their oversight by CMS, the state survey agency (SA), and accrediting organizations (AOs) through statutorily required federal inspections, tracking and processing of complaints and facility reported incidents (FRIs), and related enforcement actions; and reports and data on outcomes and standards that provide visibility and oversight into resident care and how regulatory compliance is applied. The functionality that QIES covers can be broken into two major functional areas: patient assessment and survey & certification.

This work is a critical facet of CMS’s core mission of improving patient care and reducing cost. iQIES supports upwards of 100k users entering patient quality data every day. For example, more than 21M patient assessments are submitted through QIES by nursing homes annually. The Payroll-based Journal for ensuring nursing homes are properly staffed receives 3.7M records annually. All CLIA-based laboratories are certified through QIES. Furthermore, work that SemanticBits began in the QPP FHIR pilot will continue in iQIES to provide standards-based APIs for organizations to submit patient and quality data.

We are deeply proud of the project teams across SemanticBits for successfully delivering high-quality digital services and making an award this size possible.