Alaska's Department of Health and Social Services awarded a $27 million, 21-month contract to Affiliated Computer Services Inc. for the transition of the Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS).

In October 2007, ACS signed a $130 million, 10-year contract with Alaska to design, develop, implement and operate a new MMIS system. Now, as part of a separate transition contract, ACS will assume all fiscal agent services included in the state's former MMIS vendor's contract. ACS now will administer claims processing, recipient helpline, pharmacy drug rebate and retrospective drug utilization review, system enhancement, EDI support, pharmacy help desk and preferred drug list services.

"I am extremely pleased with ACS' responsiveness to our needs," said Bill Streur, deputy commissioner for Alaska's Medicaid and Health Policy. "The department sees ACS as a strong partner in fulfilling our vision of maintaining access to health care and providing health coverage to Alaskans in need."

As part of the long-term contract, ACS will provide Alaska with its innovative Health Enterprise solution, This system is currently being developed for use by the states of New Hampshire and North Dakota. Its Web-based suite of technologies includes solutions for administering the Medicaid enterprise. At the core of Health Enterprise is a set of applications and data analytics used to support administration of the Medicaid enterprise, such as member and provider management, waivers, managed care, disease management, pharmacy programs, eligibility, claims processing and third-party liability.