- Associated Press - Saturday, December 12, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A chronically delayed new computer software system to handle North Dakota’s Medicaid bills appears to be operating as intended, state officials say.

The Medicaid Management Information System project went live in early October following a two-month transition period away from a more than 35-year-old system. The system is overseen by the North Dakota Department of Human Services. It was originally supposed to be finished several years ago but has been plagued with problems.

“As expected with an implementation of this magnitude, there have been system issues,” Department spokeswoman LuWanna Lawrence told the Bismarck Tribune (https://bit.ly/1Y5iaAV ).

During the course of the project, its budget increased from $62.5 million to more than $97.9 million. Most of the money comes from federal funds.

Medicaid is a medical assistance program that serves the poor and elderly. The project is intended to handle billings from doctors, dentists and other medical providers who serve Medicaid clients.

Lawrence said 10 payment cycles totaling $181 million have been completed with the new system.


Information from: Bismarck Tribune, https://www.bismarcktribune.com

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