Press Release: June 29, 2010

HP Helps Alabama Medicaid System Earn Federal Certification

New system developed with Alabama Medicaid Agency speeds payments and streamlines eligibility verification

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- HP Enterprise Services today announced that Alabama’s Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS), designed and built by HP and the Alabama Medicaid Agency, has received full federal certification.

The certification by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is retroactive to the system’s first day of operation. The certification allows Alabama to receive the maximum federal funding for the operation of the system.

The MMIS quickly and accurately processes about 30 million claims worth about $3.5 billion a year from roughly 14,000 Alabama healthcare providers. In addition, the system:

  • Provides real-time online adjudication of electronic claims to expedite processing and provider payment.
  • Streamlines eligibility verification for providers to ensure that medical services are being provided to Medicaid-eligible patients.
  • Increases providers’ access to important healthcare information to ensure more thorough medical treatment.
  • Provides state Medicaid employees with faster and more secure access to key program information to streamline service delivery.

“The certification and the smooth transition from the old MMIS is a testimony to the preparation and diligence of both our staff and the HP team,” said Alabama Medicaid Agency Commissioner Carol Steckel. “By partnering with HP, we were able to jointly design and implement a powerful new system that not only will meet our current needs, but also will provide the flexibility to respond to changing future requirements, including health reform.”

“The successful implementation and certification of the Alabama MMIS reflects HP’s ongoing commitment to quality for healthcare providers, beneficiaries and taxpayers,” said Barbara Anderson, vice president, State and Local Healthcare, HP Enterprise Services. “It underscores HP’s ability to bring together more than four decades of Medicaid experience with proven technology to help states like Alabama meet their healthcare goals.”

HP Enterprise Services founded the healthcare IT services industry more than 45 years ago. Today, HP touches more than 200 million lives daily and each year performs 2.4 billion healthcare transactions, including 1 billion healthcare claims.

HP is the nation’s largest provider of Medicaid and Medicare process management services, administering $95 billion in benefits a year, and serves as fiscal agent or principal IT provider for Medicaid in 22 states. HP’s global healthcare experience spans payer, provider, government and life science communities.

About Alabama Medicaid Agency

The Alabama Medicaid Agency manages and administers the state’s Medicaid program in order to fund medical and long-term care services for low-income pregnant women, children, certain people on Medicare, disabled individuals and nursing home residents. Assisting nearly 1 million eligible recipients annually, or about 20 percent of Alabama’s population, the Agency is actively involved in health information technology development and quality improvement initiatives in order to improve patient health outcomes, to control and reduce costs, and simplify the way Medicaid does business.

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