Sparksoft and Skyward CTA Awarded Prime Contract to Support CMS Medicare Integrated Systems Testing (MIST)

August 12, 2020 – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) awards Sparksoft Corporation and Skyward IT Solutions Contractor Team Arrangement (CTA) a prime contract to provide Medicare Integrated Systems Testing (MIST) for the Fee-for-Service (FFS) ecosystem consisting of Fiscal Intermediary Shared System (FISS), Multi-Carrier System (MCS), Durable Medical Equipment (DME) and Common Working File (CWF), as well as the Benefits Coordination & Recovery Center (BCRC)/Medicare Secondary Payer Systems Contractor (MSPSC) Coordination of Benefits Agreement (COBA) systems process, and the Medicare Payment System Modernization (MPSM) initiative. The key objectives for MIST are to:

  • Shift testing left to become faster and increasingly integrated, incorporating modern tools and methods with greater insight from Medicare claims processing business experience and operating within both the traditional CMS Systems Development Life-Cycle (SDLC) and the Agile framework
  • Host the various legacy Mainframe and modern Cloud test environments
  • Expand test automation tooling and test cases
  • Support the MPSM transition from legacy Mainframe and Cobol solution to a modern Microservices Architecture in the AWS Cloud

“We are honored and humbled that the government continues to trust us with support on some of the most mission-critical public health programs.” Said Sparksoft’s President Ms. Siva Sivaraman. Sparksoft’s CEO, Mr. Mike Finkel stated that “CMS is in the early stages of performing an open heart surgery on the 40 year old complex Medicare claims payment systems with 16 million lines of COBOL and Assembly programs on the Mainframe. As we now embark on this long journey with CMS, we take our responsibility very seriously to support a scalable and flexible solution for how CMS processes claims and pays providers for years to come.”

“Given Skyward’s proven approach to innovating the current automation processes on MPSM, it is our obligation and privilege to continue seeking out holistic synergies, efficiencies , and technical breakthroughs for CMS at an enterprise-scale.” Said Skyward’s CEO, Mr. Dmitry Yun.

This award builds on Sparksoft’s highly successful prime work for CMS Office of Information Technology (OIT), Applications Management Group (AMG) with the HIPAA Eligibility Transaction System (HETS) modernization as the HETS Independent Testing Contractor (HITC), as well as center-wide Independent Validation and Verification (IV&V) support at the CMS Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI).

About Sparksoft Corporation

Sparksoft is a certified Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) Services and Development Level 3, ISO 9001:2015, ISO 27001:2013, HUBZone, 8(a), Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB), Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB), and Small, Women-owned, Minority-owned (SWaM), and MBE/DBE/SBE consulting firm. With our focused mission “to ignite innovation, inspire transformation, and implement digital solutions for a healthier nation”, we specialize in 6 specific digital health services: Test Automation, Cloud Services, DevOps Delivery, Cyber Security, Data Science, and Human-Centered Design. Since 2004, our exceptionally skilled people, proven leadership, and optimized processes all work together relentlessly to continuously push for more efficient solutions.

We have developed a support structure of Innovation Centers, designed to collect our lessons learned and identify opportunities for improvement. A key development from our Innovational Centers is the DevTOps framework, which uses an Agile methodology and emphasizes testing to optimize the project lifecycle. SparkLabs is an important impetus in our drive for innovation where our development teams explore ideas and turn them into real-world solutions. We continually pull from our experience and combine this with forward thinking technology from our certified partners like RedHat, Microsoft, AWS, Okta, Google, Databricks, and MarkLogic to conceptualize our novel and effective solutions such as MockSpider® virtual sandbox, ScriptHive® TDD/BDD automation, and 508bee® accessibility validation.

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