Q: Has The Department of Health Services Temporarily Suspended its Medicaid Asset Verification Data Matching Program?

A: Yes. The Department of Health Services (DHS) informed WBA that the Medicaid Asset Verification Data Matching Program is being temporarily suspended due to the expiration of the contract between DHS and its data match vendor Health Management Systems Inc. (HMS). Because the data matching contracts between DHS and each financial institution refer specifically to data matching through HMS, DHS is terminating all contracts with financial institutions effective August 1, 2017.

Thus, as of Aug. 1, 2017, HMS will no longer send or receive files for matching. DHS will continue to reimburse institutions through July 31, 2017. It is our understanding a new vendor has been selected to perform the data matching activities and a new contract will be developed, but no timeline has been established yet. WBA will keep the membership informed of any developments on this issue. DHS indicated it is sending letters to all financial institutions announcing the temporary suspension. If you have any questions about the termination of data matching contracts, please contact Marcie Stebbeds at marciea.stebbeds@dhs.wisconsin.gov.