The Commonwealth of Virginia’s Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) has awarded Accenture a six-year $138 million contract to modernize its Medicaid systems, claims processing and operations.
Virginia will be the first state to develop and implement a new Medicaid system meeting the latest Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) standards for modularity to enhance system flexibility and responsiveness. The update will use two modules of Accenture’s Public Health Platform (APHP) and will be implemented as part of Virginia’s new Medicaid Enterprise System.
Accenture was awarded the Operations Services and Plan Management components of the Commonwealth’s Modular Core Services Solutions (MCSS) contract. DMAS is separately procuring other components and services under MCSS, which will be implemented in conjunction with Accenture’s components.
CMS is supporting modularity in state technology systems that handle Medicaid and Medicare processing. The idea is to make systems more flexible to changing demands as well as making them more interoperable with other parts of local healthcare systems.
“Virginia’s Medicaid Enterprise System project is a critical step in our work to modernize the business and technical operations at DMAS,” said Dr. Jennifer Lee, Virginia agency director of DMAS. “We are proud to be the first state to move forward with this innovative technology.”