MCLEAN, Va., May 30, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been awarded a task order from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to develop and implement a Web-based application that will help Medicare providers develop comprehensive assessments of patients discharged from post-acute care.

Under the CMS Professional Information Technology (IT) Services indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity contract, Northrop Grumman will create and deploy a patient assessment instrument that will allow Medicare providers to capture health and demographic information for complete, electronic patient profiles. The secure, Web-based environment will support CMS' post-acute care program, which is care provided to individuals who need additional help recuperating from an acute illness or serious medical procedure.

"Northrop Grumman will draw on its extensive health systems management experience including hardware infrastructure and complex application integration to bring CMS a multi-functional and robust patient assessment instrument," said Michele Kang, vice president of Health Solutions for Northrop Grumman's IT sector.

The post-acute care assessment instrument will be used for patient placement decision-making; enhanced safety and quality of information to a receiving provider; and comprehensive information for patient health follow-up and outcome. The data collected from the assessment instrument will also be used by CMS to improve Medicare's payment for post-acute care services and the coordination of these services.

Work on the contract will be conducted in Woodlawn, Md., over one year with three one-year options.

Northrop Grumman is a trusted integrator of advanced health solutions, including health and benefits management systems and information security. The company's services span the public health, healthcare delivery and life sciences domains, and include cutting-edge information exchange for electronic health records, Web-enabled workflow processing and large-scale information management. Northrop Grumman has developed a range of military health solutions applicable and adaptable for today's emerging national priorities.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a $30 billion global defense and technology company whose 122,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in information and services, electronics, aerospace and shipbuilding to government and commercial customers worldwide.

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          Northrop Grumman Information Technology
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          Northrop Grumman Information Technology
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