In March, CMS issued a State Medicaid Directors Letter (SMDL) about the availability of enhanced federal funding for state Medicaid programs’ eligibility and enrollment (E&E) systems. This SMDL represents CMS’s most recent effort to encourage States to use commercial “off-the-shelf” technology and “software as a service,” instead of customized electronic systems developed and built specifically for individual States.

Continue Reading CMS Issues Guidance Encouraging the Use of Commercial Off-the-Shelf Technology and Software-as-a-Service for Medicaid Eligibility and Enrollment Systems

On February 29, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a State Medicaid Directors Letter (SMDL) that expands the scope of expenditures eligible for the 90 percent federal match for activities to promote the use of a health information exchange (HIE) and the adoption of certified electronic health record (EHR) technology by Medicaid providers.

Specifically, this updated guidance permits States to claim the enhanced match for expenditures that promote coordination of care between entities eligible for EHR incentive payments and other Medicaid providers who may not necessarily qualify for such payments.   This SMDL supersedes earlier guidance that did not permit the enhanced match for these activities.


Continue Reading CMS Expands Scope of Enhanced Match for Promotion of Health IT

The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) recently released the nation’s first Medicaid mobile health application, called myHealthButton, and an online portal, myHealthPortal, that allows patients to access their medical information and available health resources remotely and in real-time.  The applications are available to current members enrolled with the Michigan Medicaid program, the Children’s Special