Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Awards MITRE New Five-Year Contract to Continue Operating Health R&D Center

McLean, Va., and Bedford, Mass., October 24, 2023 – MITRE announced a new five-year contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to operate the CMS Alliance to Modernize Healthcare, a federally funded research and development center, more commonly known as the Health FFRDC.  



Established in 2012, the Health FFRDC serves the public interest by tackling complex, cross-cutting challenges affecting health and well-being. As the Health FFRDC operator, MITRE serves as an objective advisor to CMS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration, National Institutes of Health, Health Resources and Services Administration, Administration for Children and Families, and all the operating divisions across HHS, as well as other governmental organizations with health missions.

“Leading the Health FFRDC over the past decade has been an absolute honor and privilege for MITRE,” said Kim Warren, vice president of MITRE’s Center for Transforming Health that operates the Health FFRDC. “We are thrilled to continue our close collaboration with HHS on our shared mission of ensuring healthy outcomes for all. From artificial intelligence in healthcare to cancer research breakthroughs, the Health FFRDC is ready to support government sponsors with what comes next.”

Leading the Health FFRDC over the past decade has been an absolute honor and privilege for MITRE

Kim Warren, vice president, Center for Transforming Health, MITRE and director, Health FFRDC

As operator of the Health FFRDC, MITRE engages more than 1,000 professionals with deep understanding of health mission policies, programs, and operations, and more than 9,000 MITRE employees with the technical skills to solve challenges as varied as improving maternal health, accelerating the development of COVID-19 diagnostics, and securing medical devices against cyber-attacks.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Health FFRDC was integral to advancing a rapid national response to massive healthcare supply chain challenges, creating innovative therapies, accelerating vaccines, reimagining public health services, and empowering leaders with information to make life-and-death decisions amid high uncertainty.

“COVID-19 spotlighted the special importance of FFRDCs to innovate and activate public-private partnerships quickly,” said Lisa Tutterow, MITRE, deputy director, Center for Transforming Health. “Through the Health FFRDC, MITRE serves as a pivot point that connects government sponsors, academia, and industry. Our role as a trusted advisor and ability to leverage public and confidential data uniquely positions us to solve the most pressing health and human services challenges.”

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MITRE’s mission-driven teams are dedicated to solving problems for a safer world. Through our public-private partnerships and federally funded R&D centers, we work across government and in partnership with industry to tackle challenges to the safety, stability, and well-being of our nation. Learn more about MITRE’s impact here.

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