Florida, EDS sign Medicaid deal

The Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration has awarded a $308 million contract to EDS Corp. to develop and operate the state's next Medicaid Management Information System.

Under the six-year, nine-month contract, EDS of Plano, Texas, will install its federally certified interchange system and customize it to meet Florida's specific requirements. The system will perform fiscal agent services for the state's 65,000 Medicaid providers and its 2.2 million Medicaid recipients.

The new system will give the state greater flexibility as it works to implement Medicaid reforms, state and company officials said in a statement.

Health care providers and Medicaid recipients will benefit from more streamlined claims processing and greater access to information and services via the system's Web-based capabilities, they said.

The new system also will provide the state with vital data about health care trends and the medical needs of Florida's Medicaid recipients.

Ethan Butterfield is a staff writer for Government Computer News' sister publication, Washington Technology.

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