CMS and NASA's Federal Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation have announced a contest for open-source software that could streamline the health care provider screening process for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program, Modern Healthcare reports.
According to the announcement, CMS is seeking a screening program that would help it prevent fraud and abuse in Medicaid and CHIP.
CMS said the contest aims to "develop a multistate, multi-program provider screening software application, which would be capable of risk scoring, credentialing validation, identity authentication and sanction checks, while lowering the burden on providers and reducing administrative and infrastructure expenses for states and federal programs."
The winning submission could receive a prize of between $500,000 and $600,000, according to the announcement.
The contest will open on Wednesday and is expected to close in October or November (Barr, Modern Healthcare, 5/25).