Medicare & Medicaid Enlist TopCoder for National Healthcare Provider Challenge Series

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to Post Over $500K in Prizes for Solutions to Address Healthcare System Inefficiencies in Latest Example of Applied Open Innovation

May 30, 2012, 10:15 ET from TopCoder, Inc.

GLASTONBURY, Conn., May 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- TopCoder®, Inc., the world's largest competitive Community of digital creators today announced that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has selected the TopCoder Open Innovation platform to launch a Challenge series of competitions to develop applications capable of reducing inefficiency, improving quality and lowering overall cost of the screening process at the state and national level of the public healthcare system.

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The CMS Provider Screening Innovator Challenge will apply the process of Open Innovation to the goals of improving the abilities of states to streamline operations, screen providers, and reduce overall fraud and abuse by developing a multi-state, multi-program provider screening software application which would be capable of risk scoring, credentialing validation, identity authentication, and sanction checks, while lowering burden on providers and reducing administrative and infrastructure expenses for States and Federal programs. More information about the Medicaid and CHIP programs and CMS Provider Screening Challenge, visit .

Community participants will be tasked to develop software applications that can be integrated into a shared services solution to deliver a reliable, scalable, and cost-effective provider-screening capability for multiple States or possibly for the entire nation. The opportunity to contribute to a matter of national urgency will draw many individuals and teams from diverse fields within the general public. Beyond cash prizes, the recognition and satisfaction that comes with making a real impact will drive substantial participation.

"State level IT departments have been reliant on costly, resource-hungry and inefficient systems provided by incumbent technology providers for far too long," said Rob Hughes, President and COO of TopCoder, Inc. "By focusing a Community of digital creators and technologists who are trained and active with all current technologies, the Federal government will provide states with the most direct access to powerful solutions at a fraction of the cost."

The CMS Provider Screening Innovator Challenge is a partnership between CMS, NASA, TopCoder, Harvard Business School and the State of Minnesota. Powered by TopCoder, it will be administered by the National Aeronautic and Space Administration's (NASA) Federal Center of Excellence (CoE) for Collaborative Innovation and is presented as part of the Partnership for Program Integrity Innovation program. The partnership is in accordance with the National Aeronautics and Space Act (51 U.S.C. 20113(e)) and The Economy Act (31 U.S.C. 1535).

About CMS

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. CMS is the federal agency which administers Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children's Health Insurance Program. Provides information for health professionals, regional governments, and consumers. Additional information regarding CMS and it's programs is available at

About TopCoder, Inc.

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