Flexion was awarded a competitive task order to build a tool that converted data from existing formats to the new, simplified standard. We assembled a scrum team of five developers, a data scientist, a scrum master, and an agile coach. Since CMS was quite new to agile development methodologies, having a part-time agile coach on the team was instrumental in the project’s success and CMS’s continued growth in agile practices.
We provided an open-source tool that allowed Medicare providers to convert files using the official web interface, REST endpoint, or by running the local command line application. The design featured a modular converter that let the team build plugins for each conversion measure, which could be independently developed and tested using JUnit. The core Java-based converter was made accessible using a modern Java web service tech stack running in AWS.
We also built a new validation path for CPC+ QRDA-III files and collaborated with other vendors to incrementally develop an API that indicated the location and details of QRDA-III errors. This enabled them to direct users to the specific file location, measure, and type of error to correct.