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February 20, 2018

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DHHS Begins Implementation of new Data Management & Analytics System

Lincoln – Nebraska’s Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care (MLTC) has moved a step closer to an overhauled Data Management Analytics (DMA) solution, a key initiative in the Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) 2017-2018 business plan.
 
Earlier this month, MLTC celebrated a kickoff to the project with Deloitte Consulting, LLP.  The DMA system will improve Medicaid’s capability to manage and utilize the vast amounts of data received every day, leveraging technology to increase effectiveness and leading to a more efficient and effective state government.
 
“Managing and utilizing data to produce accurate, timely reports, and make informed business decisions continues to become more critical for the Nebraska Medicaid program,” said Courtney Phillips, chief executive officer of DHHS. “The current Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS) has served the state well for over 35 years, but has become outdated as the Medicaid program has evolved. When this system work is completed, it will enhance Medicaid’s ability to make data-driven decisions to drive improved health outcomes.”
 
The planned new system will help meet the long-term goals of DHHS, added Thomas “Rocky” Thompson, interim director of the Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care. This analysis included reviewing numerous replacement options, conducting cost benefit analysis, and analyzing the marketplace for solution support.
 
The completed analysis resulted in a plan to replace key functionality of the current MMIS with a phased-in modular procurement approach, Thompson said. “The primary focus of this approach is the addition of a data management analytics (DMA) system; this initiative will allow MLTC to effectively process encounter data from the managed care organizations for monitoring and oversight purposes and produce reports required by federal law,” said Thompson. MLTC anticipates an approximate 20-month implementation effort.

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