Contract With Acumen


Acumen, LLC conducts policy research in support of federal, state, and local health care programs and provides clients with specific and impartial research and analysis to improve policy debates. Acumen has a broad base of clients, including: government, non-profit and professional organizations, and commercial firms. We are extremely proud of the success we have helped our clients achieve and welcome the opportunity to discuss research needs with new clients. For additional information, assistance, or partnering opportunities, please contact us via


Acumen has a proven track record of delivering effective research services. The following North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Codes depict the services Acumen provides. (For more NAICS Codes, visit the U.S. Census Bureau webpage).

NAICS Code Description
518210 Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services
541512 Computer Systems Design Services
541611 Administrative Management and General Management Consulting Services
541618 Other Management Consulting Services
541690 Other Scientific and Technical Consulting Services
541715 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (Except Nanotechnology and Biotechnology)
541720 Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
541990 All Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

Contracting Vehicles

Acumen has a number of contracting vehicles that enable U.S. government agencies to quickly engage our services through an established procurement process. In addition to holding a GSA Professional Services Schedule, Acumen has several indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQs) contracts through which we conduct research, deliver data analysis, and provide technical assistance to rapidly meet the needs of current and future clients.

Government-Wide Vehicles

General Services Administration (GSA) Professional Services Schedule (PSS)

SIN 874-1 and SIN 874-1RC (Integrated consulting services).

Under this contract vehicle, Acumen provides consulting services, including expert advice, assistance, guidance, and counseling in support of agencies' management, organizational and business improvement efforts. These efforts include studies, analyses, and reports documenting any proposed developmental, consultative, and implementation efforts. Examples of consulting services include but are not limited to: management and strategy consulting, performance measures and indicators, data validation and analysis, process and productivity improvement, survey services, and program studies and evaluations.

Program Support Center (PSC) Technical Services IDIQ Task Order Contract

Work under the Technical Services IDIQ focuses on two areas. The first technical area includes work surrounding disabilities, aging and long-term care policy, and data analysis. Work under this technical area will support the Office of The Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), specifically the Office of Disability, Aging, and Long-Term Care Policy (DALTCP). Acumen’s scope of services include policy development, coordination, research and evaluation of HHS policies and programs that support the independence, productivity, health and security of people with disabilities, including children, working age adults, and older persons.

The second technical area focuses on Health Information Technology, Electronic Health Records, and Health Information Exchange. Acumen provides expertise in Policy Research, Health Services Research, and Planning, Development, and Analysis. Acumen also provides pilot program demonstration, implementation, and evaluation, program implementation, management, and evaluation, and information dissemination activities. 

Program Support Center (PSC) IDIQ Task Order Contract

This contract vehicle is a Government-wide acquisition contract administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Program Support Center (PSC) with the purpose of providing social science-related services. While the PSC is a Government agency, the PSC IDIQ is a contract vehicle that can be used by any Government department or agency to procure services by establishing a simple inter-agency agreement for ordering and payment purposes. Individual Task Orders can be awarded on a cost reimbursement, time and materials, and/or fixed price basis for a period of up to five (5) years.

Under Acumen’s PSC IDIQ task order contract, our scope of services include identifying, analyzing, synthesizing, evaluating, and disseminating information on effective and cost-efficient programs and policies in order to assist various agencies in meeting mission needs and aiding critical responsibilities.


Agency-Specific Vehicles: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

Measure & Instrument Development and Support (MIDS) IDIQ Contract

Under this contract vehicle, Acumen provides the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services with the ability to drive improvements in the health care system through the development and use of quality measures and related activities. Acumen performs fundamental activities including the development, revision, and/or maintenance of assessment data items, data collection vehicles, and quality measures. The data items produced under MIDS task orders may be deployed in multiple assessment instruments as "module" updates. These assessment instruments include, but are not limited to: the Minimum Data Set (MDS); the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Patient Assessment Instrument (IRF-PAI); the Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS); and could also include the Long-term Care Hospital (LTCH) Continuity Assessment Record and Evaluation (CARE) Data Set.

Research, Measurement, Assessment, Design, and Analysis (RMADA) IDIQ

Under this contract vehicle, Acumen provides support to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services through a wide range of analytic support and technical assistance models and demonstration programs that are derived under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). These support efforts include, but are not limited to: the design, implementation, and evaluation of research and/or payment and service delivery models to test their potential for reducing expenditures for Medicare, Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and uninsured beneficiaries while maintaining or improving the quality of care. Additional evaluation activities consist of reporting on formative and summative analyses, providing rapid cycle evaluation feedback, and the construction of summative annual and final program findings. 



Agency-Specific Vehicles: Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA)

HRSA IDIQ: Design and Development of Evaluation Data and Information Technology Systems – Domain III

Under this contract vehicle, Acumen supports the design and development of evaluation data and IT systems to support HRSA program evaluation activities. Tasks include: analysis, identification, and documentation of detailed requirements including types of information/data to be obtained and potential sources of information; translation of requirements into functional design/application; operation and maintenance of evaluation data/IT systems, and any necessary and appropriate technical assistance and training support.

HRSA IDIQ: Evaluation Assessments and Development – Domain I

Under this contract vehicle, Acumen supports HRSA in facilitating the production of focused, high-priority, short-term evaluation activities in support of various Bureaus and Offices within HRSA. These activities include: evaluation studies, evaluation and information syntheses, policy and environmental assessments, and performance measurement tools and data systems. Services under this contract may include: assessment of effectiveness and efficiency of HRSA-supported programs-operations, outcomes and performance, and analysis of contextual/policy issues that may impact HRSA-supported activities.


Agency-Specific Vehicles: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC)

Under this contract vehicle, Acumen supports task orders for project topics relating to Medicare programs. Acumen leads multiple projects, which include assisting MedPAC with identifying and organizing expert panels on a variety of defined topics, producing literature reviews and research papers, and conducting policy analyses, data analyses, and small scale surveys.


Agency-Specific Vehicles: National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Under the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant, Acumen developed and launched a pilot Data Enclave to expand healthcare research capacities available to NIH and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) researchers through the integration of Medicaid and federally-funded survey data. Two prominent surveys are the Health and Retirement Survey (HRS) and the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID), both of which provide a wealth of longitudinal data for conducting research on a wide range of economic, health, retirement and social circumstances of the American public. The Data Enclave provides secure access to researchers and policy analysts, enabling them to conduct statistical analyses utilizing the linked CMS-HRS and CMS-PSID data.  

Agency-Specific Vehicles: Medicaid and CHIP Payment Advisory Commission (MACPAC)

Under this contract vehicle, Acumen provides MACPAC with services related to seeking and convening information from experts and stakeholders; performing environmental scans and information syntheses; policy and data analyses; conducting surveys and analyzing survey and administrative data; and modeling, actuarial analysis, and payment simulations.


Our Clients


  • State of California - Department of Health Care Services (DHCS)

  • State of Maryland - Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC)

U.S. Federal Agencies

  • Congressional Budget Office (CBO)

  • Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC)

  • Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC)

  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

o   Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

o   Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE)

o   Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

o   Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

o   Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

o   National Institute on Aging (NIA)

o   National Institutes of Health (NIH)

o   Office of The Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR)

  • U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)

  • U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA)

Teaming with Us

Acumen seeks to partner with health policy research and IT firms to complement our in-house professional, research, and technical capabilities. We are committed to teaming with domestic small businesses to subcontract with Acumen on Federal contract opportunities as well as current work held by Acumen. Acumen will partner with small businesses including, but not limited to, those in the categories of Small, Small Disadvantaged, Women-Owned, HUBZone, Veteran Owned, and Service Disabled Veteran Owned businesses. If you are interested in learning more, please contact us via and include the following information:

  1. Contact information;

  2. Size status and any applicable socioeconomic category;

  3. DUNS number;

  4. Applicable NAICS codes;

  5. DCAA approved accounting system;

  6. Prime contract history (range: none, 1-3, 4+; federal agencies); and

  7. For IT software developers – CMMI Level or other quality certifications (i.e., ISO 9000, AS 9100).

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