BrownIT has established a proven track record with federal government organizations and the business community. In every case we have surpassed our clients’ expectations. BrownIT has excelled in the design, build, and support of large scale mission-critical applications, including databases and networks. Our professionals provide Information Technology support where you need it — when you need it. BrownIT services are available to government contractors through a variety of vehicles including GSA, ESD, PITS, and CIO-SP2. Some of our recent projects include:
BrownIT provided critical project management and technical resources to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for their Medicare Managed Care System (MMCS) initiative. With our assistance, CMS smoothly migrated from their Group Health Plan system of beneficiary enrollments, payments, and reporting processes to MMCS. This new system replaced outdated online functions by interfacing with the:
Technologies used: COBOL, DB2, CICS, IBM Websphere, MicroStrategy, Sun Solaris, Services Oriented Architecture (SOA), J2EE, ETL and JAVA.
Better known simply as the Prescription Benefit Program, MARx validates Medicare beneficiary requests and enrollments for managed care and prescription drug plans throughout the country. Program users can exchange information about enrollees, contracts and payments with a number of different systems including:
In addition, MARx generates a broad suite of reports that are used primarily for management of payments to the Managed Care Organizations. BrownIT supports all facets of this mission-critical program utilizing CMMI level 2 methodologies. Our services included requirements analysis, application and database development, quality assurance, testing and production support. Environments supported included J2EE, Sun Solaris, SOA, ETL, Cognos, COBOL, DB2, CICS, JCL, MQ Series, Java and UNIX. This architecture was integrated with existing applications that included the Premium Withhold System (PWS) and Medicare Beneficiary Database.
BrownIT provided systems/software maintenance, enhancement support and related services to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. This organization selected BrownIT to assist with their Common Working File system. CWF is critical to the client's ability to provide pre-payment validation and authorization of claims to beneficiaries. This initiative included development of beta test sites, enhancements to the current Medicare claims processing system, technical support, and change control management. Technologies include CICS, Assembler, COBOL and VSAM.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) conducts clinical studies and laboratory research that enhance our understanding of disease processes. This research frequently translates into new and better treatment therapies. CRIS was developed to support this important work by providing managers with new and innovative tools to efficiently manage patient care and research information systems. NIH tasked BrownIT with integrating and customizing this new system, and supporting migration from a mainframe legacy system to a client/server-based solution. Implementing this initiative required familiarity with COBOL, DB2 and JCL, along with more modern technologies including MS Server 2003, Oracle, C++ and Visual Basic.
The ESD Services Model supports a new acquisition and management approach for acquiring, managing the development of, and implementing enterprise system development projects. Sound, secure, effective, and maintainable business applications and systems that respond to CMS’ changing needs are essential to the successful support of the CMS IT Modernization Program.
Leveraging Capability Maturity Model Integration level 2 (CMMI), BrownIT’s technical professionals provide full life cycle services. This includes projects that require systems design, integration, development, testing, maintenance, and technical support of agency-wide applications of the Health and Human Services Department. The majority of the work takes place at the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, located in Baltimore, MD. Accomplishing these tasks requires expertise in “in house” programs, such as DOORS (Dynamic Object Oriented System) and APCSS (Automated Production Control and Scheduling System). In addition COTS (Commercial Off-The Shelf) software, including Abend-Aid, File-Aid, JCL Prep, SORT, SPUF and QMF are installed. IBM Connect:Direct, NT Server, Websphere, Flexus Thin Client, JCL and DB2 are also fully supported by BrownIT’s staff of Information Technology professionals.
ESD is an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract established by CMS with a one-year base and nine one-year option periods, with a contract ceiling of $4 billion. The base year began in September 2007.
From 2009 to present
In December 2003, the Medicare Modernization Act (MMA) was signed into law, updating the Medicare program to include, among other provisions, a Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit (Part D) and the Medicare Advantage (MA) Program (Part C). Some Medicare Advantage Program plans also provide Part D prescription drug coverage as part of their benefit packages. As an interim step to providing prescription drug coverage to eligible individuals, voluntary enrollment in the Prescription Drug Discount Card was available from June 1, 2004 through December 31, 2005. Part D benefits began on January 1, 2006, replacing the voluntary drug discount card. In order to support these programs, multiple software modules that depend upon each other as well as upon external entities and information exchanges were developed and implemented by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). This collaboration of modules, or subsystems, known as the Medicare Advantage (MA) & Part D system, supports the MA & Part D program.
BrownIT along with its partners performed testing and validation of software and system components developed or modified to support the MA & Part D system, to include the Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Benefit (MARx) subsystem and the Integrated User Interface (IUI) with options for the Premium Withhold Subsystem (PWS), the Medicare Beneficiary Database (MBD) Subsystem, the Drug Data Processing Subsystem (DDPS), the Payment Reconciliation Subsystem (PRS) and the Risk Adjustment Subsystem (RAS). All efforts are performed and documented in accordance with Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) requirements and meet the objectives of increasing efficiency and effectiveness of the MA & Part D operations and timely implementation of statutory and regulatory requirements. There may be additional functionality added to the MA & Part D system as future needs are identified or as legislation requires.
From 2010 to present
BrownIT along with its partners are performing database administration services for the DCPS (Disability Case Processing System) contract.
DCPS is a system that will be built as a data warehouse system on a z-OS machine. This system will integrate 40 SSA sub-systems that have 19 subject areas (EA, EBCS, CAS, etc.) The integrated data that is put in staging is subsequently a DCPS system.
From 2013 to present
BrownIT supplies quality assurance analysts and engineers for the various projects with Partners Healthcare Systems.