ACS Awarded Fifth Consecutive Contract To Administer Louisiana Healthcare Programs
DALLAS, Sept. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Affiliated Computer Services, Inc., , a premier provider of business process and information technology outsourcing solutions, announced today that it has signed a contract to continue providing management services for the State of Louisiana CommunityCARE, KIDMED, Community Supports and Services, Long Term Personal Care Services, and Personal Assistance Services programs. The contract is valued at $51 million over 5 years. This is the fifth consecutive contract award to ACS to support the Primary Care Case Management (PCCM) Program; Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) Program; and Waiver Program.
"ACS has continually provided the extra effort required to ensure the success of our projects," said Ben Bearden, Medicaid Director, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. "Our experience with ACS is that they are client-focused, innovative, and committed to operational excellence."
Since 1991, ACS has provided Louisiana with administrative services to support KIDMED, Louisiana's EPSDT program designed to make health services available and accessible to the approximately 615,000 Medicaid-eligible, low- income residents under the age of 21. ACS' scope of work was later expanded to include implementing statewide the CommunityCARE Program, a PCCM program that operated in 20 Louisiana parishes as a pilot program. There are now over 740,000 Medicaid-eligible residents in the CommunityCARE Program, with over 1,600 Primary Care Physicians providing medical homes to them. CommunityCARE improves access to medical care for a population that historically encountered many barriers to that access.
Under the new contract, ACS will continue implementing the State's new Personal Care Services Waiver Program, managed by the Bureau of Community Supports and Services. The State designed the personal care program to provide home and community-based services to low-income elderly and disabled residents. Through a centralized call center, ACS assists applicants with the eligibility determination process to include in-home assessments.
For both the CommunityCARE and KIDMED programs ACS performs outreach activities, including recipient outreach, provider recruitment and enrollment, screening administration, and service coordination activities. Additional outreach activities are provided for CommunityCARE through targeted mailings. ACS operates statewide toll-free customer service lines for the CommunityCARE and KIDMED programs; a toll-free statewide referral assistance hotline for Medicaid and the State's child health insurance program (CHIP) populations; and a toll-free line for the Personal Care Services Program. Effective January 2005, ACS will also provide a 24-hour, 7-day-per-week Nurse Help Line for all CommunityCARE participants.
"ACS provides efficient, high-quality services to Louisiana's healthcare providers and the individuals who utilize the many healthcare services available to them," said Harvey V. Braswell, Group President of ACS State Healthcare Solutions. "Through this contract, the Medicaid and CHIP population have access to local ACS staff members who assist them to know what benefits and services are available, and how to properly access and appropriately use these services."
ACS is a national leader in state healthcare program administration, offering a full spectrum of systems and complementary services through an integrated solution. From care management solutions and child health programs to pharmacy benefits management and traditional Medicaid fiscal agent services, ACS has a proven track record and extensive program management expertise. ACS is also a pioneer in fraud and abuse protection and other cost containment methodologies, and is known for its collaborative approach to client relationships that produce results over the long-term. ACS supports approximately 18 million program recipients and processes over 450 million Medicaid healthcare claims annually, representing more than $42 billion in provider payments. As the nation's largest government program pharmacy benefits administrator, ACS serves 20 programs in 17 states with drug expenditures totaling over $13 billion.
ACS, a Fortune 500 company with more than 43,000 people supporting client operations in nearly 100 countries, provides business process and information technology outsourcing solutions to world-class commercial and government clients. The company's Class A common stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "ACS". ACS makes technology work. Visit ACS on the Internet at http://www.acs-inc.com/ .
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