Streamlining MIDCAP Data Operations

Streamlining MIDCAP Data Operations 

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Cogent People consolidated and streamlined data operations for the Integrated Data Collaboration & Analytics Platform (MIDCAP) in support of the Marketplace’s Federally Facilitated Marketplace (FFM) under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 

Key Objectives  

The Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight’s office, part of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), engaged Cogent People to determine the feasibility of its long-term data strategy vision. Goals included: 

  • Minimizing unnecessary data redundancies and point-to-point transfers across all’s data domains 
  • Promoting data reuse, collaboration, synchronization, and integration between stakeholders 
  • Enabling natural language processing for easy and quick data discovery 
  • Providing shared data service capabilities (Data as a Service) 

Key Accomplishments 

Cogent People performed a comprehensive alternatives analysis of modern technology platforms and recommended solutions to streamline the Marketplace’s data operations. These included: 

  • Developing a proof of concept using the highest-rated alternative 
  • Demonstrating alternative capabilities, key features, anticipated performance, and feasibility 
  • Enabling on-demand compute for periodic data processes 

Notable Outcomes 

Cogent People received commendation from the CMS Marketplace IT Group (MITG) for proactive delivery of complete, accurate, and high-quality work products, including 

  • Centrally Located Data: Improved data operations for streamlined creation, enrichment, and curation by data operators and users 
  • Formal Data Governance: Developed and implemented data strategy 
  • Infrastructure Cost Savings: Reduced data and processing redundancy, data scattering, and operations and maintenance costs 
  • Data Lake Insights: Informed the CMS Enterprise Data Lake (EDL) implementation with analysis and recommendations