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Recovery Comparative Effectiveness Research Data Infrastructure Medicaid Analytic eXtract Production, Enhancement, and Data Quality (MAX-PDQ)

This opportunity is a Recovery and Reinvestment Act action
Solicitation Number: RTOP-CMS-2010-003JF
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Location: Office of Acquisition and Grants Management
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Special Notice
Added: Dec 04, 2009 9:25 am
This notice is provided for informational purposes only. This opportunity is only available to the Medicare and Medicaid Research and Demonstration (MRAD) Task Order Contractors (TOCs). These TOCs were competitively awarded in 2005 under the procedures of FAR 16.505, multiple awards, Indefinite Delivery - Indefinite Quantity contracts. CMS intends to award a competitive task order to produce person level data files on Medicaid eligibility, service utilization and payment information to support Comparative Effectiveness Research that is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). This effort will allow the continuation of transforming Medicaid Statistical Information System (MSIS) data into Medicaid Analytic eXtract (MAX) data which merges Medicaid demographic and claims information as well as converts fiscal year quarters into a calendar year. The purpose of MAX is to organize Medicaid data and make it usable for researchers to support research and policy analysis on Medicaid populations.

In addition to producing MAX data, the contractor will also design, develop, and establish an early release version of MAX ("Beta MAX") so that researchers may obtain Medicaid data more timely for Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER). This contract also provides options to continue major activities that enhance MAX data to include:
• Social Security Number Verification.
• Un-duplicating person level records in the MAX files within and across states. The contractor will continue producing the Medicaid Analytic eXtract Enrollee Master file (MAXEM) and an associated cross-reference file. MAXEM is critical for CER researchers with a standard method to develop and implement longitudinal cohort studies.
• MAX survey linkage development and implementation. The National Health Information Survey (NHIS), National Health and Expenditure Survey (NHANES), Longitudinal Study on Aging (LSOA), National Nursing Home (NNH), Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS), and a prototype for Census's American Community survey (ACS) as linked to MAX will provide a valuable and efficient research resource for CER studies;
• Production of a Provider Characteristics file. This file will enhance CER researcher capabilities to tie utilization information to those that provide specific services.
• Provide contractor technical assistance (TA) to states that operate stand alone Children's Health Insurance Programs (CHIP) that volunteer to work with CMS to improve Federal CHIP -CER related data reporting for incorporation into MSIS/MAX.
• Provide technical assistance (TA) to states that volunteer to improve managed care encounter reporting in MSIS and MAX for use in CER.

The task order is expected to be completed within 3 years after award of the task order. The Contracting Officer has determined that the most appropriate contract type is Cost Plus Fixed-Fee.

7500 Security Blvd.
Baltimore, Maryland 21244-1850
Joseph Feibel,
Contract Specialist
Phone: 410-786-8261
Evelyn Dixon,
Contracting Officer
Phone: 410-786-1561
Fax: 410-786-9088