Mississippi Division of Medicaid to Become First Medicaid Agency to Exchange Clinical Data

In March, MedeAnalytics announced that the Mississippi Division of Medicaid (DOM) had become the nation’s first Medicaid agency to send and receive clinical data in real-time. The agency worked with MedeAnalytics and Epic to share Medicaid data with the state’s largest provider of care to Medicaid patients, the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC).

Following the announcement, Rita Rutland, deputy administrator for the division’s Office of Information Technology Management, and several others associated with the project spoke to HealthLeaders and StateScoop on the topic. If you missed it, here is a glimpse of what they said:

“After years of working with our technology partners to build a foundation consisting of an EMPI and clinical data repository, we can now instantly share patient summaries with external stakeholders, such as UMMC. This real-time access to beneficiary data will improve insight into beneficiary health trends, empower better care decisions and much more,” said Rita Rutland in a conversation with HealthLeaders.

In an interview with StateScoop, Dr. John Showalter, chief health information officer for UMMC, said, “Now we’re able to reach into the Medicaid clinical data repository when we schedule a patient or they show up at the ER, so it’s pre-cued for our physicians and already brought into their workflows. In a single click, our physicians can see all the medications they’re on that they’re filling prescriptions for, all the visits they’ve had, what kind of doctors they’ve seen, what tests they’ve had.”

David Dzielak, the Medicaid division’s executive director, also spoke with StateScoop, “We’re not content anymore with just having the providers see our beneficiaries and treating them for the conditions that they have. We really want providers to adopt the idea that they have the condition, but how do we prevent them from progressing and how do we move them back to a more healthy condition or health status?”

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