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This communication page is dedicated to informing the public in a uniform way as decisions are made regarding large scale IT Procurements on the horizon, or implemented recently. This includes the MES (Medicaid Enterprise System) modernization project and others as needed.

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Disclaimer: This communication page is not intended to cover all procurements, please visit the Open Solicitations page for additional information on all open AHCCCS procurements.

Major Decisions and Milestones

  1. AHCCCS issued and awarded a contract (YH18-0033) to CNSI in 2018 for the first MES module to be modernized called the AHCCCS Provider Enrollment Portal or “APEP”. On August 31, 2020, the online portal went live for provider registration. For more information visit: https://www.azahcccs.gov/APEP.
  2. Many of the projects associated with the MES Modernization project will require the use of an Independent Validation and Verification (“IV&V) contractor. For the APEP project, AHCCCS worked with Grant Thornton for IV&V services.
  3. In February 2019, AHCCCS awarded a contract (YH19-0025) to Sandata to implement the second MES module, Electronic Visit Verification (EVV), which went live on January 1, 2021. This project is in response to the requirements of the 21st Century Cures Act to have verification of the time and location of home health care and personal care services for AHCCCS members. AHCCCS worked with SLI to conduct the CMS required IV&V services. For more information visit:https://www.azahcccs.gov/AHCCCS/Initiatives/EVV/
  4. In December 2019, AHCCCS hired consulting firm Health Tech Solutions LLC, to assist in the development of a new procurement for an MES Modernization Roadmap Vendor. This procurement is for a contractor to develop a roadmap that will serve as the future plan for modernization of technology and business processes as it relates to this modernization project. NTT Data, LLC was awarded the contract.
  5. The Contractor awarded the MES Modernization Roadmap Contract (YH21-0004) could potentially be precluded from being awarded future contracts that directly result from this solicitation. NTT Data, LLC was awarded the contract.
  6. Interoperability Project - This project and any resultant solicitation is on hold at this time.
  7. Data Analytics for Program Integrity RFP (YH22-0001): AHCCCS Initially awarded this contract to the incumbent contractor, Lexis Nexis, who informed the State of Arizona after award that the company no longer wishes to support the Data Analytics software initially intended to be used for this project. Lexis Nexis also informed the state that it wishes to terminate its contract. AHCCCS quickly negotiated a new contract (YH23-0037) with Pulselight Holdings, Inc. for the Data Analytics for Program Integrity project which started in May 2023.
  8. MES Modernization Roadmap Consultant RFP (YH22-0009) was awarded to NTT Data, LLC. The procurement file is posted on our website Open Solicitations.
  9. 2023 MES Modernization Roadmap: AHCCCS MQD MES Roadmap
    Version 1.0 -1/11/2023
    Version 2.1 - 2/06/2024
  10. AHCCCS solicited proposals from NASPO Valuepoint Cloud Services vendors to provide System Integration (SI) Services. The contract (YH23-0021) was awarded to Carahsoft Technology Corp with HealthTech Solutions LLC as their subcontractor.
  11. AHCCCS solicited proposals from NASPO Valuepoint Cloud Services vendors to provide ServiceNow (“SNOW”) Implementor Services. is currently in the evaluation phase of The contract (#YH23-0120) for an Enterprise Workflow System (ServiceNow (aka SNOW) Implementor was awarded on 7/19/23 to Carahsoft Technology Corp. with Ernst & Young LLP (“EY”) as their subcontractor.
  12. AHCCCS solicited proposals for IV&V Services for its MES system from Arizona Statewide contractors under the IT Advisory, Assessment, Verification and Validation contract set. The contract (is currently in the evaluation phase of YH23-0128) was awarded on 7/5/23 to Public Consulting Group (PCG) for IV&V Services for the System Integrator (SI) Project.
  13. AHCCCS extended its Asset Verification Services (YH18-0056) through NESCSO’s contract with PCG for an additional 5 years.
  14. AHCCCS awarded a contract (#YH24-0083) on 1/5/24 for Mainframe Refactoring Services to SHI through their NASPO Cloud Solutions contract with subcontractor/fulfillment partner Microsoft.
  15. AHCCCS is working with NTT data to gather requirements in order to explore future options for supporting the Eligibility and Enrollment system.
  16. AHCCCS is in the process of continuing its AHCCCS Provider Enrollment Portal (APEP) through NASPO Value Point MES Provider Services contract with the incumbent contractor CNSI (now dba Acentra) for up to 5 years, or as available through the NASPO contract. Development of an online provider directory will be added though this contract.

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Questions about should be directed to Meggan LaPorte, Chief Procurement Officer at Procurement@azahcccs.gov