SOURCE: Cognosante


June 11, 2012 12:37 ET

State of Maryland Awards Cognosante $10.1 Million Contract to Support Medicaid Enterprise Restructuring Project

MCLEAN, VA--(Marketwire - Jun 11, 2012) - Cognosante, a leading provider of IT services for healthcare organizations, announced it was awarded a contract with the State of Maryland's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to establish and support the state's Medicaid Project Management Office. The contract, which began on June 4, 2012 is valued at $10.1 million and will continue through May 31, 2016 with two one-year options.

Cognosante will provide program management support, including a project management office, quality assurance and quality control services as well as organizational change management in support of the Department's Medicaid Enterprise Restructuring Project known as MERP. The four major areas of MERP include the design, development and implementation of a replacement Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS); transition from State operations to fiscal agent operations; development and implementation of a decision support system and remediation of the legacy MMIS to accommodate ICD-10 diagnosis and surgical procedure codes.

"We are proud to be selected by the state of Maryland to support such an important project as restructuring and transforming the state's Medicaid system which supports over 860,000 Medicaid beneficiaries each year," stated Cognosante CEO Michele Kang. "We look forward to working with Maryland to modernize its Medicaid system to be compliant with Medicaid Information Technology Architecture principles as well as meet the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' conditions and standards for modularity and interoperability."

About Cognosante
Cognosante is a leading provider of IT services to healthcare organizations. The company has more than 25 years of experience working with 46 states to assist its clients in developing, managing and executing complex healthcare information programs and infrastructures. Its expertise includes standards development, interoperability, business and technical architecture, modular system integration, health informatics, Medicaid, health information exchange, improper payment, health insurance exchange, NwHIN, and The Direct Project. Please visit for more information.

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