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For immediate release: May 24, 2012
Contact:
Shawn Vaughn

A Golden Opportunity for Medicaid Transformation: State CIOs and the MITA Framework

LEXINGTON, Ky., Thursday, May 24 — The Medicaid Information Technology Architecture (MITA) framework is a way states can decouple legacy systems and break down existing silos in state government, according to the latest issue brief, “A Golden Opportunity for Medicaid IT Transformation: State CIOs and the MITA Framework,” released today by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO). The report is available at www.nascio.org/publications.

This is an unprecedented time for health IT in the United States, and the backbone of achieving lower costs, better health outcomes, and system interoperability relies on an enterprise view. NASCIO, a long-time advocate for enterprise solutions, believes state adherence to the MITA 3.0 guidance set forth by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is imperative for increasing the agility and interoperability of the state Medicaid enterprise.

“There are substantial fiscal incentives for states to meet the seven standards and conditions for enhanced federal funding, but the benefit of state adherence to the principles of MITA will also be advantageous to citizens, federal government, and the vendor community,” said Doug Robinson, NASCIO executive director. “Budgets are tight and Medicaid expansion is going to be a major concern for the states. State CIOs recognize there needs to be an enterprise approach that focuses on re-use and adaptability of emerging technologies to find potential savings.”

About NASCIO
The National Association of State Chief Information Officers is the premier network and resource for state CIOs and a leading advocate for technology policy at all levels of government. NASCIO represents state chief information officers and information technology executives from the states, territories, and the District of Columbia. The primary state government members are senior officials who have executive level and statewide responsibility for information technology leadership. State officials who are involved in agency level information technology management may participate as state members. Representatives from other public sector and non-profit organizations may also participate as associate members. Private sector firms may join as corporate members and participate in the Corporate Leadership Council. For more information about NASCIO visit www.nascio.org.

AMR Management Services provides NASCIO’s executive staff. For more information about AMR visit www.AMRms.com/.

Contacts:
Chad Grant, Senior Policy Analyst
National Association of State Chief Information Officers
(859) 514-9148
cgrant@AMRms.com

Shawn Vaughn, Membership & Communications Coordinator
National Association of State Chief Information Officers
(859) 514-9156
svaughn@AMRms.com
www.NASCIO.org

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