Hewlett-Packard has announced an eight-year technology services contract worth $135 million to provide system upgrades, e-prescribing tools, and website development for the Alabama Medicaid Agency.
The new contract extends HP's 30-year relationship with Alabama's Medicaid agency, which oversees the Medicaid program for more than 900,000 state residents each year. HP processed nearly 32 million Medicaid claims for Alabama healthcare providers in 2009, according to a statement HP released Tuesday.
As Alabama's fiscal agent, HP will significantly enhance and continue to manage the state's Medicaid management information system (MMIS). HP implemented interChange, the state's new MMIS, in 2008. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services certified Alabama's interChange MMIS earlier this year.
Under the contract, Alabama's Medicaid officials hope HP's technology will enable the state to contain costs while meeting new Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requirements, and to improve healthcare delivery, provider satisfaction, and recipient access to personal healthcare information.
"With the expected enrollment increases and regulatory changes, Alabama requires a system that efficiently meets providers' as well as recipients' needs so the agency can focus on our main objectives: managing our budget, improving quality, and reducing fraud and abuse," Carol Steckel, commissioner of Alabama Medicaid Agency, said in a statement. "Based on our long relationship, HP will help us maintain a quality Medicaid program and support improved health outcomes for our recipients while allowing us to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars."
System enhancements are designed to help the agency meet federal HIPAA regulations. New features also include web-based mechanisms to streamline interaction with providers, improve prescription services, and give Medicaid recipients convenient access to information.