Helping the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Leverage the Modern Cloud
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Last updated on November 2nd, 2021 at 11:37pm
The mission is clear for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS): put patients first across all their programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, and the Health Insurance Exchanges. Increasingly, CMS is turning to the cloud to help achieve this mission and fulfill their goal of becoming the premier government agency supporting citizens by leveraging modern cloud technology.
CMS builds and operates applications in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud. One of the responsibilities of the Infrastructure and User Services Group (IUSG) at CMS is to onboard and support application development organizations (ADOs) who are building these applications. CMS applications operate portals for services, provide data processing for claim submissions, manage Medicare and Medicaid processes, and support open enrollment.
However, providing access to build and operate is not as simple as giving a developer access to AWS. Without a solid governance program in place, organizations face risk around budget control and compliance assurance. CMS realized they needed a cloud governance solution to help:
CMS chose Kion (at the time branded as cloudtamer.io) to fulfill their cloud governance and management needs across automation and orchestration, financial management, and continuous compliance. Kion enables CMS to easily view all their cloud accounts organization-wide, quickly provision new accounts, get a real-time view into budget and centralize cost management, and automate staff adherence to defined compliance standards.
Kion delivered key capabilities to the CMS team:
Kion is currently being rolled out in two phases throughout CMS, with the first phase targeting existing users of the AWS cloud environment and the second phase targeting new users of cloud. This second phase aims to provide a greenfield approach to AWS to improve the user experience in the cloud while also accelerating the process to obtain an authority to operate (ATO) for FISMA-High workloads in the AWS GovCloud region. Kion is the central hub of the orchestration and governance required in these engagements and the key tool used to give end users and new service teams access to AWS commercial and GovCloud resources.
With Kion as an integral part of their cloud operations, CMS has achieved the following results:
Kion, coupled with the AWS Governance at Scale framework, delivers a controlled, but flexible, cloud environment to CMS staff to help make it even easier to migrate applications and ultimately fulfill the patient-first CMS mission in a more cost-effective manner.