US Digital Service prioritizes CMS, VA IT in report to Congress

The U.S. Digital Service released its second report to Congress, detailing progress on 10 projects related to modernizing federal IT.

The service, established in 2014, recruits technologists from the private sector to help federal agencies apply industry best practices to digital services.

USDS is working with CMS to implement an application programming interface strategy to reduce the cost and burden of providers participating in CMS programs established under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act.

The API would allow third-party vendors to develop software that connects directly to Medicare systems and data. Specifically, the service is working with developers from the private sector to create submission and scoring APIs for the Quality Payment Program to replace manual processes and provide real-time feedback.

USDS is also working with the Department of Veterans Affairs to simplify its appeals process for disability compensation claims. The Digital Service team at the VA deployed the first component of the modernized system in April 2016. Other VA initiatives include launching and improving the Vets.gov website, so veterans will be able to download medical records and check claims statuses.

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