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Prototyping a COVID-19 vaccination verification app

January 28, 2021

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Ad Hoc has created a prototype that would allow Medicare beneficiaries to check their vaccination status in an easy-to-use web app.

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Supporting the busiest time of the year for Medicare beneficiaries

October 15, 2020

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At Ad Hoc, it’s imperative that we think critically and iteratively about how we can make this stressful experience as simple and intuitive as possible.

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Ad Hoc, Fearless, and Ellumen win contract to continue support of Blue Button 2.0

June 09, 2020

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The Blue Button 2.0 program is a pivotal part of the move towards a more interoperable healthcare system that will give people more control over their healthcare data.

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Modernizing how Medicare beneficiaries find and enroll in coverage

April 09, 2020

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Our approach to the Medicare Plan Finder was to build a tool and process that would allow us to continuously improve what we provided to beneficiaries and those who support them.

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Ad Hoc wins contract to continue support of HealthCare.gov

February 25, 2020

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Ad Hoc is honored by CMS’s continued trust in our team, and we’re thrilled to continue putting our team’s skills towards creating an intuitive and reliable experience for people signing up for healthcare.

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Ad Hoc awarded contract to support VA healthcare modernization

November 05, 2019

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Ad Hoc, as part of a team led by prime contractor Liberty IT Solutions, LLC (Liberty), has been awarded a contract to support a critical Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare modernization project.

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Launching a government MVP in less than a month

October 01, 2019

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On behalf of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, we recently launched a site for insurance issuers. We went from zero lines of code to a production MVP serving pilot users in under a month.

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Expanding the possible with the Find Local Help tool

June 20, 2019

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Find Local Help is a tool from Healthcare.gov that connects people to in-person, one-on-one help signing up for health insurance. In 2017, CMS contracted with Ad Hoc to improve the performance and user experience of the tool.

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Three Ad Hoc-supported projects win FedHealthIT awards

June 11, 2019

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services won for their work on the Beneficiary Claims Data API and the Federally Facilitated Marketplace Cloud Migration, while the Department of Veterans Affairs won for Lighthouse, their API program.

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Ad Hoc wins place on Medicare Payment System Modernization BPA

May 17, 2019

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Earlier this month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded Ad Hoc a place on the Medicare Payment System Modernization (MPSM) Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA).

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Creating a human centered information architecture on VA's developer portal

April 17, 2019

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VA's Developer Portal is the front door access to VA's high-quality APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) which developers can use to learn about and access services using VA data.

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Ad Hoc begins work on MACFin

November 09, 2018

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In late September, Ad Hoc began work on the Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program Financial System, otherwise known as MACFin. MACFin is part of a broader initiative to modernize federal Medicaid IT systems.

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HealthCare.gov turns five

November 01, 2018

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Over the past five years, Ad Hoc has played a critical role in the recovery effort for HealthCare.gov. Our efforts embody the core values we hold today: an emphasis on practicality and a focus on the people impacted by our work.

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Validating business rules and building confidence through tests

July 20, 2018

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Digital transformation or legacy modernization efforts, while motivated by concerns such as finances, new technology, or shifting priorities, can be risky endeavors from a logistical perspective, and are often dominated by the needs of operations.

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Award: CMS Medicare Coverage Tools

July 09, 2018

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Recently Ad Hoc was awarded a task order from The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for Medicare Coverage Tools. The program centers around developing a replacement for the current Medicare Plan Finder.

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Ad Hoc at RevTechX - California’s digital revolution conference

May 16, 2018

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Ad Hoc CEO and co-founder Greg Gershman will speak today at a session called, HealthCare.gov: From Disaster to Operational Success.

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Ad Hoc at 2018 Health Datapalooza

April 26, 2018

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This morning marks the start of 2018 Health Datapalooza, “the gathering place for people and organizations creating knowledge from data and pioneering innovations that drive health policy and practice”.

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Trends at HIMSS 2018: Giving people control of their data

April 04, 2018

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It's clear that data, and making it available and usable, is an acute challenge facing the industry.

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The launch of the Quality Payment Program website

March 11, 2018

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Today marks a milestone for our Quality Payment Program Front End Development Services program — the public launch of the submission system for clinicians in the Quality Payment Program.

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Quality Payment Program at HIMSS18

March 07, 2018

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There’s lots of great sessions and resources at the 2018 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition around the Quality Payment Program. Ad Hoc is the prime contractor on the Quality Payment Program Front End Development Services project.

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CMS launches Blue Button 2.0 at HIMSS18

March 06, 2018

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Today, Administrator Seema Verma of the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services announced the launch of Blue Button 2.0. Ad Hoc is working on this project with our [prime contractor partner Fearless Tech.

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Ad Hoc at HIMSS 2018

March 05, 2018

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Ad Hoc at the 2018 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition, which “brings together 45,000+ professionals from around the world for five days of education, innovation and collaboration to help uncover the promise of health information and technology.”

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Ad Hoc partners with Fearless on CMS Blue Button

February 12, 2018

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Ad Hoc is supporting our partner, Fearless, to make Blue Button even more useful to more people. Blue Button is one of the earliest modern examples of creating government technology that empowers people to make decisions based on data.

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What Jurassic Park can tell us about human resilience and human-centered design

December 21, 2017

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The ways we engage with government websites and services reveals the resilience of people. We work to adapt to processes and make the technology work for our purposes even when they aren't suited to us.

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Getting help, fast

June 09, 2017

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HealthCare.gov has a service called Find Local Help that allows people to search for one-on-one help. This vital search had problems sustaining more than a small set of searches at a time.

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Ad Hoc begins user experience research work on Hospital Quality Reporting Project

April 10, 2017

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Ad Hoc is providing the User Experience Research team, four professionals responsible for conducting all research.

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Ad Hoc awarded CMS contract under the ADELE-QRI BPA

September 16, 2016

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Today, Ad Hoc was one of six companies to receive a prime contract award under the Agile Delivery to Execute Legislative Endeavors for Quality Related Initiatives Blanket Purchasing Agreement from CMS.

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Paul Smith at Chi Hack Night

August 26, 2016

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Ad Hoc Chief Technology Officer and Co-founder Paul Smith spoke tonight to Chi Hack Night, Chicago's weekly event to build, share & learn about civic tech.

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The HealthCare.gov rescue

February 09, 2016

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In the days following the initial launch of HealthCare.gov, Greg Gershman and Paul Smith, who would eventually go on to found Ad Hoc, joined a group gathered to rescue the site.

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Window Shopping at HealthCare.gov

April 07, 2015

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We delivered HealthCare.gov's first window shopping application, empowering millions of Americans to quickly comparison shop for health insurance.

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