The National Association of State Information Officers has released a report endorsing a common IT framework for states to use when modernizing their Medicaid information systems, Government Computer News reports.
About the Framework
States originally built Medicaid systems to satisfy their Medicaid organization's own and federal business requirements. As a result, the systems have limited interoperability.
In March, CMS released the Medicaid Information Technology Architecture 3.0 Framework -- an updated set of principles, guidelines and models that states can use when developing their own information system architectures.
The framework aims to help Medicaid organizations develop Medicaid systems that share data and embrace new technologies like cloud computing.
Details of the Endorsement
NASCIO's report noted that state adherence to MITA 3.0 is necessary to boost the agility and interoperability of state Medicaid programs.
Doug Robinson -- NASCIO executive director -- said, "There are substantial fiscal incentives for states" to use the MITA framework, adding that "the benefit of state adherence to the principles of MITA will also be advantageous to citizens, the federal government and the vendor community" (Yasin, Government Computer News, 5/24).