Massachusetts Taps HP For $50 Million Medicaid Contract Extension


The Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) has signed a $50 million contract for HP to continue to support the Commonwealth’s Medicaid system. The contract will run for five years through June 2019.

HP will continue to maintain the Commonwealth’s Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS) and provide system upgrades to help Massachusetts prepare for healthcare transformation.

The contract extends a relationship with Massachusetts that began in 2005 with the design, development and implementation of the Commonwealth’s HP interChange MMIS, which replaced the Commonwealth’s legacy Medicaid system. The HP system included a web-based application and implemented shared services such as enterprise identity management and electronic payments to support the consolidation of health records and implementation of new program controls.

Massachusetts is part of a 13-state collaborative that, with HP, developed the Medical Assistance Provider Incentive Repository application known as MAPIR.  Built on a service-oriented architecture, the application enables MAPIR states to administer federal incentive payments to help eligible Medicaid providers adopt electronic health record technology.

Since the system went live, MAPIR has overseen more than $1.9 billion in incentives to hospitals, physicians, dentists, nurse practitioners and other eligible providers within the MAPIR states, including more than $219 million in Massachusetts.

The Massachusetts MMIS helps manage Medicaid benefits for more than 2.2 million residents. During fiscal 2014, which ended in June, the system processed approximately 51 million healthcare claims worth $7.8 billion for the Commonwealth’s 58,000 Medicaid providers.

Last week, CivSource reported on other MMIS activities going less well. In many cases these systems come online years behind their original deployment schedules and lacking a number of services originally included in the plan. The federal government also provides funding match options for some of these service upgrades.