The CAMH Difference

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The CMS Alliance to Modernize Healthcare (CAMH), sponsored by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), is an FFRDC operated by MITRE, a not-for-profit chartered to work in the public interest. As the CAMH FFRDC operator and partner, MITRE serves as an objective, independent advisor to CMS as well as to other Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) operating divisions. As the only broadly healthcare-focused FFRDC, CAMH supports many of the complex analysis and critical thinking requirements that encompass the business, policy, technology, and operational interests across CMS and HHS.

CMS and HHS benefit from the CAMH's enterprise approach in the optimization of various programs, initiatives, and operations. An FFRDC is appropriate where long-term business and technical needs require special access to information that in-house or commercial contractor resources can't meet as effectively. In these circumstances, CMS and HHS benefit from the seven core competencies of FFRDCs:

Strategic and Tactical Planning and Analysis

  • Planning and development of future program policy
  • Integrating implementation plans for major initiatives

Conceptual Planning and Proof-of-Concept

  • Developing analysis and requirements
  • Developing standard operating procedures

Acquisition Assistance

  • Moving to performance work statements
  • Serving on technical evaluation panels
  • Estimating cost and price

Organizational Planning and Relationship Management

  • Providing functional analysis (current/future state, gap analysis, transition strategy)
  • Conducting evaluation, assessment, and audit
  • Developing portfolio, program, and project assessment

Strategic Technology Evaluation

  • Assessing new technology
  • Advising on health IT
  • Providing medical and technical innovation advice

Continuous Process Improvement

  • Providing best practices
  • Conducting CMMI assessment
  • Enabling knowledge management

Feasibility Design and Analysis

  • Providing objective and rational evaluation of business models
  • Developing studies of options for technology, operations, and benefits


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Read our fact sheet to learn more about MITRE’s CMS Alliance to Modernize Healthcare.