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.

Sivak advises that teams include members with clinical acumen and a good understanding of practice workflow and “killer” data analytics skills, and bring their own data to overlay with the Medicare data and have a data set resembling a real practice. More information and applications, due on May 4, are available here. The blog also has links for coders without an in-house team to form a virtual team.

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