The purpose of this RFP is to solicit proposals from qualified entities/proposers by providing notice and information regarding procurement for the maintenance and support of the Medicaid Eligibility Data System (MEDS), for the State of Louisiana. MEDS operates for the purpose of maintaining records of individuals eligible for services through Louisiana's Medicaid program and Louisiana's version of SCHIP known as the Louisiana Children's Health Insurance Program (LaCHIP). Maintenance for MEDS is critical to ensure it functions correctly and to modify system functions to meet new or changed business requirements in response to changes in state or federal laws, regulations or policies. The primary goals of MEDS are to:
a. Accurately capture and maintain eligibility information in a manner that increases analyst productivity and accuracy.
b. Timely transmit eligibility information to the Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS), third party administrator (TPA) or other business partners.
c. As the Department identifies efficiencies that can be gained through increased sharing of data, MEDS should continue to expand its capacity to share data with external systems, and accept data from external systems by implementing web services or middleware interfaces.