GAITHERSBURG, Md., Aug. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- CNSI, today announced a partnership with Michigan and Illinois to embark on developing a new platform that employs 21st Century technology to reduce costs in the Medicaid industry, a first in the nation. The partnership will develop and implement a completely automated real-time and cloud enabled Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS), referred to as Medicaid as a Service (MaaS). This cloud solution will leverage efficiency and create savings for both states and the federal government. This cutting-edge technological partnership provides opportunities for states to share knowledge and resources and to efficiently implement federally mandated operating rules and compliance standards. Some of the benefits that will be realized through this partnership include:
- National best practice for MMIS cloud implementation
- Formulation of a multi-state governance model
- Initial cost benefit analysis indicate that Illinois could reduce its overall implementation cost by 40%, while CMS would realize approximately a 50% cost reduction in its federal matching funding contribution
- Initial cost benefit analysis indicate that over a five-year period, Illinois could reduce its overall operational cost by 40%, while Michigan would realize a 20% cost reduction in its operation, and CMS would realize approximately a 40% cost reduction in its federal matching funding contribution
- With the introduction of new states to the cloud model, further cost reductions would be realized
CNSI President Adnan Ahmed states, "We are proud that this public-private partnership is one of the first of its kind fulfilling the vision that CMS had to encourage collaboration amongst states. This shared services partnership will help shape the future of Medicaid bringing the latest technology efficiencies and savings to the people of Michigan and Illinois and serves as a best practice for MMIS cloud implementation across the country."
The platform that will be utilized to migrate to the cloud-based solution is the Michigan MMIS which was developed by CNSI and known as CHAMPS, a federally certified system by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Sharif Hussein, CNSI Midwest Region Senior Vice President stated, "We are honored to work with Michigan and Illinois to continue to help reduce costs and improve healthcare across the Midwest and leverage on the successes we have enjoyed in Michigan to bring the state of Illinois to the forefront of technology and Medicaid services."
CNSI has worked with the State of Michigan since 2006, when it successfully designed and implemented the Michigan Community Health Automated Medicaid Processing System (CHAMPS) for the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH). In addition to managing the Medicaid Management Information Services (MMIS) operations and maintenance for the state, CNSI also works with the State of Michigan on several other healthcare reform initiatives, including leading efforts to comply with the Affordable Care Act, ICD-10 implementation, Medicaid Compliance Program and supporting Michigan with its consumer engagement initiative such as the launch of the myHealthButton mobile application as well as deploying its real-time MMIS monitoring tool HealthBeat. CNSI also provides MMIS solutions to the states of Washington, Utah, South Dakota and Maryland.
Illinois kicked off the project on July 23, 2013, while Michigan officially kicked off on Thursday, August 1, 2013 in Lansing. The kickoff was attended by more than 150 people, including the state of Michigan's Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Directors from Department of Community Health (DCH) and Department of Technology, Management, and Budget (DTMB). Nick Lyon, Chief Deputy Director of the Michigan Department of Community Health states, "This innovative and unprecedented alliance is a testament to the success of Michigan's Medicaid Management Information System, and the opportunity it presents for other states. Our partnership with CNSI has proved to be incredibly beneficial for Michigan, and we look forward to extending this system to the state of Illinois and working together on this unique opportunity."
CNSI delivers a broad portfolio of information technology (IT) and business process outsourcing (BPO) solutions to a diverse base of federal, state and local government agencies, and commercial enterprises. The firm helps clients improve business performance and align IT with their mission and business objectives. CNSI has established strong domain expertise in prominent industries, including Health, Defense and National Security, Government IT and Enterprise Mobility. CNSI employs a world-class team of technologists, program managers, and subject matter experts, all of whom have experience with large scale mission-critical IT implementations. Formed in 1994, CNSI is headquartered in Gaithersburg, Maryland, with locations throughout the U.S. and India. CNSI's website is: http://www.cns-inc.com