The Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS) is an integrated group of procedures and computer processing operations (subsystems) developed at the general design level to meet principal objectives. For Title XIX purposes, "systems mechanization" and "mechanized claims processing and information retrieval systems" is identified in section 1903(a)(3) of the Act and defined in regulation at 42 CFR 433.111. The objectives of this system and its enhancements include the Title XIX program control and administrative costs; service to recipients, providers, and inquiries; operations of claims control and computer capabilities; and management reporting for planning and control.
States may receive 90% federal financial participation (FFP) for design, development, or installation, and 75% FFP for operation of state mechanized claims processing and information retrieval systems approved by the secretary.
Contractual services may be utilized to perform work for the design, development, installation, or enhancement of a mechanized claims processing and information retrieval system. A fiscal agent who is a private contractor to the state, normally selected through a competitive procurement process, may operate the state's MMIS. A state MMIS solution contract status report is prepared quarterly from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) central office following the input from regional offices. The report is usually prepared within 30 days after the close of a quarter and infrequently when there is a demand due to several state contractor revisions. The report data includes the name of the state fiscal agent contractor, the contract term with option extension period, and regional office contact person with phone and fax number.