The State of Michigan is developing a cloud-based Medicaid Management Information System that it will use and offer to other states to use.

Illinois is the first customer that will share the platform, with its own MMIS configured to suit its needs. Gaithersburg, Md.-based CNSI, a contractor that implemented and manages Michigan’s existing MMIS, is building the new platform that both states and possibly others will use. Michigan is CNSI's client and the vendor does not have a direct contract with Illinois.

The arrangement includes development of a multi-state governance model and could result in national best practices for MMIS cloud implementation, according to CNSI. Initial cost benefit analyses show Illinois reducing overall operational costs by 40 percent over five years with Michigan saving 20 percent, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services saving 40 percent in matching federal funds.

CNSI also is a MMIS contractor in Maryland, South Dakota, Utah and Washington.

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