Arkansas awards EDS Medicaid contract

The Arkansas Human Services Department has awarded EDS Corp. a $93.7 million contract to continue managing the state's Medicaid program, which pays for medical services for children and adults with limited income and resources.

The contract, with options, covers seven years and extends a 19-year relationship.

Operating chiefly from Little Rock, EDS currently processes more than $2.4 billion a year in payments to more than 14,000 doctors, hospitals, therapists, nurse practitioners, pharmacists and other health care providers in the state. In 2003, EDS processed more than 24 million Medicaid claims on behalf of more than 600,000 recipients.

EDS operates and maintains the statewide system and network, which is designed to speed information to health care providers and provide reliable processing of claims, help desks, training seminars, on-site visits and sophisticated Web functions.

"Arkansas has been recognized for having one of the best Medicaid programs in the nation," said Roy Jeffus, director of the medical services division of Arkansas' Human Services Department.

EDS has supported streamlining the health care process including the department's automated eligibility verification and claim submission system, through which claims can be submitted, processed and paid electronically.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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