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UMC, Medicaid records changeover 'on target'

medicaidBy Jack Weatherly

The $111 million implementation of electronic health records for the University of Mississippi Medical Center and state Division of Medicaid is on schedule and within budget after two vendors pulled out of their contracts, according to Max Arinder, director of the legislative Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review.

The interim report released Thursday shows that “everything in building these systems is on target,” Arinder said, adding that “there’s a general feeling that these electronic systems are important to the future of efficient medical care.”

The original and a subsequent provider were unable to produce a system that met federal standards for the Medicaid division, Arinder said.

“There was nothing improper'” in those failed efforts, Arinder said. The switch to electronic records was required by the Electronic Health Records Incentive Program of 2009.

A third attempt was successful, after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid this year altered its original plan, he said.

The Medicaid records changeover cost $14.1 million, 47 percent of which was from federal grants and 7 percent in a state match. The first provider reimbursed 46 percent of the cost of the system, he said.

The expenditure for installing the UMC system was $97 million, less $24 million in federal grants. The hospital’s funding was primarily generated from patient fees, Arinder said.

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