Rockville, MD – March 10, 2015 – The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid’s (CMS) Advanced Provider Screening (APS) solution has been named the winner of the Federal Health IT (FHIT) Innovation award in the Big Data category.  The award was presented on March 4, 2015 at the Federal Health IT awards ceremony held at 1776, a venture capital firm,  in Washington, DC.  The event was sponsored by G2XchangeHealth, an online community platform developed to provide business intelligence for the federal health IT community.


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The FHIT Innovation Awards are determined by a panel of judges that include government and industry leaders who evaluate and choose winners from dozens of award applications.  The primary focus of the awards is on the results achieved.

“We wish to congratulate CMS for this recognition from the Federal Health IT Innovation awards.” said Bangalore Shivacharan, CEO and Co-Founder of TurningPoint.  “As the developers of the APS application, we have collaborated with CMS, and are pleased that the solution has been chosen for this award in acknowledgment of the fact that it is saving taxpayer money and helping CMS in detecting, deterring, and combating Medicare and Medicaid fraud and abuse.”

The APS system is a fraud-prevention solution which leverages a variety of commercial and government data sources (such as provider licensing and criminal history) to systematically prevent ineligible providers from enrolling in the Medicare and Medicaid systems.  It has been in use by CMS since 2012.

CMS estimates that the APS system is responsible for revoking approximately 8,000+ ineligible providers annually from the Medicare Program, saving several hundred million annually in tax payer dollars in the process.

TurningPoint staff working on the Advanced Provider Screening project were on hand during the awards ceremony.

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Headquartered in Rockville, MD, TurningPoint is a CMMI Maturity Level 3 independently appraised software engineering professional services firm that serves a diversified group of commercial and government customers, enabling them to generate value from their IT investments. TurningPoint achieves these results through the successful planning, development, integration, and maintenance of IT solutions and by driving operational efficiencies into infrastructure operations. TurningPoint's focus is on providing high availability business applications that improve bottom-line results by streamlining high-transaction-volume, mission-critical business processes. For more information, visit