Dobson | DaVanzo is a small, independent woman-owned business founded in 2007 with a demonstrated history of managing contracts to provide health services research and consulting to Federal clients.
As of February 2021, Dobson | DaVanzo was awarded a General Services Administration (GSA) Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) contract (#47QRAA21D002Y). This exciting development allows us the opportunity to continue serving our primary government client (The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)) via new and follow-on contracts and expands our reach to opportunities within other federal, state, and local government agencies.
Dobson | DaVanzo also holds an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) task order contract with CMS under the Small Business Research and Demonstrations (SBRAD) vehicle (Contract No. HHSM-500-2011-000141). Under this vehicle, Dobson | DaVanzo has six active task order contracts with CMS:
1) Improvements to Medicare Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH)
CMS contracted with Dobson | DaVanzo to assist with implementing a revised Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) DSH payment policy as called for by Section 3133 of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA). Dobson | DaVanzo assesses data sources and definitions for uncompensated care and the uninsured to help CMS determine the calculation for DSH payments. Dobson | DaVanzo also provides technical assistance to CMS during the IPPS rulemaking cycle by conducting impact analyses as well as reviewing and summarizing DSH-related stakeholder comments.
2) Evaluation of the Medicare Intravenous Immune Globulin (IVIG) Access Demonstration
CMS contracted with Dobson | DaVanzo to evaluate a legislatively mandated demonstration that seeks to improve Medicare beneficiaries’ access to IVIG infusion in the home and determine the appropriateness of a bundled payment methodology for IVIG in all care settings. The evaluation uses qualitative and quantitative analyses as well as a beneficiary survey. As part of this project, Dobson | DaVanzo updates a 2007 report to the Assistant Secretary of Planning and Administration (ASPE) on the supply, distribution, demand and utilization of IVIG. Demonstration participants are compared to beneficiaries not in the demonstration by conducting claims analyses.
3) Monitoring and Data Validation of Parts C and D Reporting Requirements
CMS contracted with Dobson | DaVanzo to monitor Medicare Parts C and D reporting requirement data submissions, prepare and analyze submitted data, create Public Use Files (PUFs), and update and create Data Validation Standards. Our team, which includes Acumen, LLC as our subcontractor, works to improve the timeliness, completeness, validity, and accuracy of Parts C and D reporting requirement data to enable better assessment of organization performance and assurance that the care provided to Parts C and D beneficiaries meets CMS standards of quality, safety, and affordability.
4) Part D Formulary and Benefits Assessments
CMS contracted with Dobson | DaVanzo to conduct analyses for the Medicare Part D program to support CMS in determining whether the Part D formulary and benefit offerings are being administered as approved or dictated by Title I of the Medicare Modernization Act (MMA). Together with our subcontractor Acumen, LLC, we conduct four core annual analyses and additional ad hoc activities to assist CMS in ensuring that Medicare Part D plans offer appropriate drug coverage and benefits for Part D beneficiaries, and provide Medicare Part D offerings as approved and advertised.
5) Medicare Part D Claims Analyses
CMS contracted with Dobson | DaVanzo to conduct planned and ad hoc activities that assist CMS in ensuring that plans offer appropriate drug coverage and benefits for Part D beneficiaries and that beneficiaries are utilizing drugs in a safe and appropriate manner. Our team, which includes Acumen, LLC as our subcontractor, helps to support CMS in its management and oversight of the Medicare Part D benefit.
6) Medicare Part D Drug Discount Program Data Support
CMS contracted with Dobson | DaVanzo to obtain analytic and technical assistance related to the Medicare Part D program. Together with our subcontractor, Acumen, LLC, Dobson | DaVanzo utilizes Prescription Drug Event (PDE), plan enrollment and other data sources to support CMS in its evaluation of the Coverage Gap Discount Program, to provide plan sponsors with information to help them effectively coordinate benefits for their enrollees, and to analyze other aspects of the Part D program.