QSSI will continue to advise on federal health exchange

January 14, 2014|The Baltimore Sun

The Columbia firm that helped fix the federal health care exchange announced Tuesday that it agreed to a new contract with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to serve as senior advisor on HealthCare.gov.

CMS initially turned to Optum/QSSI in late October to improve the performance of the troubled federal insurance exchange website. The company, a division of UnitedHealth Group, is credited with the site's rapid improvement.

"Optum/QSSI, which stepped up in October to serve as our general contractor, has been integral in fixing HealthCare.gov," said Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, in a statement. "We are pleased Optum/QSSI will remain a key part of our leadership team and will continue to advise us as we work together to help millions of Americans sign up for quality, affordable health insurance."

As senior advisor, Optum/QSSI will oversee the exchange created to implement President Obama's national health care reform, assisting with technical integration, code review and other tasks.

Terms of the latest contract were not disclosed.

Maryland also hired Optum/QSSI to help fix its own troubled website.

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