A Virginia data processing firm has won the largest of the six recently awarded Medicare Integrity Program task order contracts to detect, investigate and prevent fraud, HCFA confirmed last week.
Though HCFA has not publicly announced the MIP contractors, MODERN HEALTHCARE has learned that Computer Sciences Corp., Falls Church, Va., will receive $7.5 million to prevent year-2000 threats to program integrity. The company will analyze national data to detect and prevent risks of fraud and abuse. Its contract, like most awarded by HCFA, is for one year with optional annual extensions. It began Sept. 30, but most others began in November.
Data processing giant Electronic Data Systems Corp., based in Plano, Texas, won a $3.4 million contract to establish a regional center in New England for Medicare fraud detection. EDS will analyze data and investigate potential fraud in Medicare Part A transactions in six Northeastern states.
HCFA selected 13 companies in May to bid against one another for the contracts (Aug. 16, p. 36). The first six task orders went to seven companies; one, Aspen Systems Corp. of Rockville, Md., won two contracts.
Tri Centurion of Columbia, S.C., was awarded $1.2 million to monitor corporate integrity agreements; California Medical Review of San Francisco won $2.4 million to conduct on-site reviews of community mental health centers; and Aspen Systems won $982,000 to identify areas for provider education and $193,000 to conduct cost report audits for large healthcare chains.
United Government Systems of Milwaukee, Science Applications International Corp. of Vienna, Va., and Aspen Systems were awarded differing amounts for one contract to audit cost reports for large healthcare chains.
More task orders for developing special fraud-fighting efforts will be announced in the future.
HCFA is expected to spend $500 million on the new program over the next five years.