Health care and social services June review

Deltek Analyst Aila Altman reports.

Arkansas made great strides in the Medicaid and health information technology (HIT) arenas in June, with the release of three requests for proposals (RFPs) for the planning, development, and implementation of its Arkansas Medicaid Enterprise (AME). The state initially planned to release 23 individual RFPs, but after multiple revisions to its strategic plan, the state settled on just three RFPs for an AME core system, AME professional services, and AME products. The state also released a request for information (RFI) that takes the place of an RFP for an integrated electronic health record (EHR) solution for the Department of Public Health. Additionally, the state awarded a health benefits exchange consultant contract to First Data.

Also on the Medicaid front, Louisiana – after issuing an intent to award its Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS) replacement contract to CNSI, Inc. – is subsequently handling protests filed by ACS State Healthcare LLC and Molina Medicaid Solutions, both of which competed for the lucrative contract. These companies speculate that CNSI, Inc. received special treatment from the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals’ (DHH) Secretary Bruce Greenstein, who was employed with the company from 2005 to 2006.

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