General Dynamics has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to support the Beneficiary Eligibility Suite of Systems Transactions (BESST) program.

The BESST systems maintain Medicare beneficiary eligibility information. The contract has a potential value of $19.9 million over five years. Work will be performed in the Baltimore, Md., area.

Under the contract, General Dynamics will help maintain and enhance BESST systems. The company will create and maintain links between new and existing CMS systems as well as implement software enhancements.

General Dynamics will also provide program management, documentation and training services, and support special projects for the HIPAA Eligibility Transaction System.

General Dynamics delivers operations and maintenance support for several Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services programs including the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program (ERRP), Retiree Drug Subsidy (RDS) program and the ViPS Medicare System (VMS).