Audacious Inquiry Awarded SPARC Contract to Expand Services to HHS and CMS

BALTIMORE, MD. February 23, 2017— The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded Audacious Inquiry (Ai) the Strategic Partners Acquisition Readiness Contract (SPARC), a contract worth up to $25 Billion over 10 years. CMS will use SPARC to acquire health information technology capabilities, including Strategic Advisory Services, Program Management Support and Technical Implementation services, in support of their programs. As a SPARC awardee, Ai will work with CMS and HHS as they deliver their critically important programs, which touch the lives of nearly all Americans.

 In partnership with CMS and HHS, Audacious Inquiry’s nationally recognized experts will provide agile development capabilities, strategic consulting, software-as-a-service and other technology services. As demonstrated by Ai’s industry-shaping CAliPHR solution, our standards-based clinical quality measures calculation engine, Ai is well-suited to working with the CMS technology team to deliver on CMS’s promise for “Better Care, Healthier People and Smarter Spending”.

“Our entire team is delighted about this contract award”, said Julie Boughn, a Senior Director at Ai and a former CMS executive. “We look forward to partnering with CMS in delivering the Medicaid, Medicare and Marketplace programs, which are so important in ensuring that well more than 100 million people receive access to health care.”

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Audacious Inquiry (Ai) is a health information technology and policy company working to make healthcare smarter and more connected. As a certified B-Corporation, Ai uses the “power of business” to solve social problems and provide public benefit. Being one of the first recognized B-Corps in Maryland, Ai is accustomed to paving the way. In 2013 Ai was the first of its kind to provide electronic notifications to doctors when their patients get admitted or discharged from hospitals through their care coordination tool, Encounter Notification Service® (ENS®). Ai’s industry-shaping technology offers more efficient and cost-effective solutions to the healthcare stakeholders they serve; their nationally-recognized consultants work with government, private, and non-profit organizations to rethink how health information is shared, managed, leveraged, and protected.