Bryan Sivak, chief technology officer at the Department of Health and Human Services, is seeking 10 coding teams for a competition at the Health Datapalooza conference, June 3-4 in Washington, with $25,000 in prizes on the line.

The Health Datapalooza Code-a-Palooza will challenge the teams to build an app, tool or product that primary care providers and staff can use to improve the quality of care delivered, Sivak explains in a blog posting. The teams will use Medicare Parts A and B claims data for a five percent sample of Medicare beneficiaries. The data comes from inpatient, outpatient, home health, hospice, skilled nursing facility and durable medical equipment claims.

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