Electronic Data Systems: Improving State Healthcare Management Systems

Overview

Managing the multi-million dollar government healthcare enterprise in Oregon always is a challenge for state managers. Especially when they have to contend with a computer system that is woefully out-of-date.

Challenge

The solution: Gain state money that, when coupled with matching federal funds, could put a new, automated medical payment system in place – the Medicaid Management Information System, or MMIS for short.

Approach

Working on behalf of Providence Health System over the last several legislative sessions, CFM lobbied the Joint Ways and Means Committee to provide state dollars to match federal funds and put the new system in place. Funds were committed by the legislature.

Separately, CFM also was hired to work with one of the potential vendors, Electronic Data Systems (EDS), a Fortune 200 company based in Texas, to bid on the substantial state contract to design and operate the new technology.

Result

With CFM's behind-the-scenes consulting, EDS won the contract, making Oregon one of 19 states where EDS runs an MMIS system. Based in part on its MMIS success, and again with CFM's help, EDS also won a contract with the State of Oregon to operate new e-government services program.