CGI to help CMS improve Medicaid process

CGI Federal Inc. will install new technology for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that will make it easier for state governments to use the system with its Medicaid providers and suppliers.

The two-year contract, worth about $27 million, will significantly improve and expand CMS' Provider Enrollment Chain and Ownership System, the company said. That is already the established system of record for Medicare providers and suppliers.

In conjunction with the states, CGI's one-stop-shop information technology solution will create a consolidated provider enrollment form that will establish a common basis for much of the data collected, the company said. The system will also be flexible enough to support state-specific data that can be seamlessly integrated into the system, CGI said.

The one-stop-shop solution will be the first IT initiative to process Medicare and Medicaid business transactions at the national level since the inception of the health care programs in 1965.

The increased operational efficiency of the system will save CMS, the states and providers time and money as well as reduce Medicare and Medicaid fraud and abuse, said Dave Collignon, vice president of the Public Sector Health at CGI of Fairfax, Va., a wholly owned subsidiary of CGI Group Inc. of Canada.

CGI, of Montreal, ranks No. 74 on Washington Technology's 2007 Top 100 list of the largest federal government prime contractors.

About the Author

David Hubler is the former print managing editor for GCN and senior editor for Washington Technology. He is freelance writer living in Annandale, Va.

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