DAS Wins Nationwide CMS Interpreting & CART Contract

elderly hand holding medicare card in front of various prescription bottlesThe Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently chose our outstanding team at Deaf Access Solutions for a 5-year contract providing nationwide sign language interpreting and CART services. Under this contract services will begin December 2017; we look forward to adding CMS to our long list of satisfied clients. DAS first began providing services to CMS in 2014 when we started covering daily on-call interpreting services to the CMS Denver, Colorado regional office. Since the contract could expand to include other locations, DAS was soon assisting with last-minute requests in the Baltimore, Maryland area as well. The strong team at DAS and nearly 100% fill rate showed our commitment, and CMS soon awarded DAS a broader contract for services in both locations.
This recent contract establishes DAS as the communication access provider for all of CMS nationwide through December of 2020! Far more extensive than the prior contract, it supports CMS both at Headquarters in Baltimore and at its regional offices in ten major cities across the country. CMS requires interpreters skilled in many different sign language modes: American Sign Language (ASL), Pidgin Signed English (PSE), Manually Coded Sign Language, Signed Exact English (SEE), Oral Transliteration, and Tactile Interpreting. As with many government contracts, the employees and visitors of CMS work in a broad range of professional levels, so their interpreters must be able to communicate in a variety of styles using vocabulary suited to different levels as well. Not only are these interpreters required to be nationally certified and capable of interpreting highly technical terminology, they must also understand how to navigate interpersonal and professional situations with ease.
DAS is fully prepared to working closely with CMS as they continue their commitment to their Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing consumers by honoring all disability laws. We set the standard for communication access and we look forward to continuing that precedent with CMS.

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