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State of Tennessee awards $156m contract to ACS to support management information system

Affiliated Computer Services (ACS) : 18 January, 2008  (New Product)
The Tennessee Bureau of TennCare is to award a new contract for the TennCare Management Information System (TCMIS) to Affiliated Computer Services (ACS).
The proposed contract has a length of five years and a total value of $156 million, and must be negotiated and executed prior to ACS commencing operations.

The proposed contract calls for ACS to assume responsibility for the current TCMIS used by the state for the management of its Medicaid programme. In addition to the takeover, ACS will be responsible for data management, as well as ongoing systems modifications and day-to-day operations. ACS currently supports Medicaid programmes in 13 states and the District of Columbia, in addition to the proposed contract with Tennessee.

ACS will also assess current TennCare business processes and collaboratively work with TennCare in making business process improvement recommendations. Additionally, ACS will be performing multiple enhancement projects, including the development of an enterprise Project Management Office and several other projects that will enable TennCare to make use of the technology in the most effective manner.

'Tennessee has been a leader in Medicaid Managed Care and is looking to ACS' expertise and innovation to continue to advance their programme and keep TennCare as one of the premier Medicaid programmes in the USA,' said Christopher T Deelsnyder, ACS senior vice president and managing director, Government Healthcare Solutions. 'In taking over the system, we are committed to our client's success and to building the enhancements that will benefit all Tennesseans enrolled in the TennCare programme.'

TennCare is Tennessee's managed care Medicaid programme that serves 1.2 million Tennesseans through a network of contracted, managed care companies. The core of its population consists of Medicaid-eligible people, most of whom are low-income children and families, pregnant women, disabled people, women needing treatment for breast or cervical cancer, or persons requiring care in a nursing facility.

'Using Tennessee's competitive bid process to help ensure TennCare vendors bring added-value at competitive prices to our state is a cornerstone of our program's operational success,' said Darin Gordon, deputy commissioner, Bureau of TennCare. 'TennCare looks forward to working with ACS as they assume their contracted responsibilities for an integral part of our day-to-day operations.'

ACS is partnering with Zycron, a Nashville-based minority-owned information technology staffing and outsourcing company. 'Zycron is excited to partner with ACS in supporting the state in meeting TennCare objectives,' said Zycron chief executive officer Darrell Freeman. 'Zycron's strong presence in the IT industry coupled with ACS' international profile is the ideal solution for the state of Tennessee.'
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