Rethinking your MMIS: Change is good

“He who hesitates is lost.”

“The early bird gets the worm.”

And for those of you old enough to remember a popular Alka-Seltzer® commercial, “Try it, you’ll like it.”

No matter how you say it, popular wisdom suggests that getting in on the ground floor of change is good. And nothing begs for change more than your Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS) system.

When it comes to managing and operating Medicaid programs, the current MMIS system doesn’t work well. With complex MMIS system implementation and rapid regulatory change, owning and operating your own MMIS — when you can simply purchase the services you need — just doesn’t make sense.

We know, you’re saying: “This is how we’ve always done it.” “No one will buy into it.” “It’s a waste of time to even suggest an ASO (administrative services only) model.”

But think about it. By purchasing “services-only” rather than owning and operating an entire MMIS system, you can avoid the expensive, time-consuming procurements and lengthy implementations that hold up program reform. And a service-based approach meets the seven conditions and standards needed to qualify for enhanced federal funding.

The benefits of purchasing “services-only” include:

  • Proven commercial solutions already performing well in the marketplace
  • Access to new technologies, including evergreen and cloud-based approaches
  • Significantly improved administrative operations
  • A shortened implementation period
  • Reduced implementation cost
  • Reduced implementation risk

With fewer state resources needed for implementation, you can focus on your priorities — improving health care for your state’s neediest residents.

And again, it all qualifies for enhanced FFP.

Now that’s a saying worth repeating.

To read more about new ways to tackle your MMIS, download our white paper on modern-day alternatives to MMIS procurement practices.

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