Q: Has the Department of Health Service Selected a New Vendor for the Wisconsin Medicaid Asset Verification Data Matching Program?

A: Yes. While the Wisconsin Medicaid Asset Verification Data Matching Program (program) has been around since 2012, on July 18, 2017 DHS ended its contract with its previous vendor, Health Management Systems. DHS has since selected Accuity Asset Verification Services as its new program vendor. Last month, Accuity Asset Verification Services jumped the gun by sending a communication to financial institutions in Wisconsin concerning the program. WBA spoke with DHS to confirm that while Accuity Asset Verification Services is indeed the new vendor, DHS did not intend for Accuity Asset Verification Services to contact financial institutions yet. DHS also indicated there are still numerous details to work out including a new contract for data matching to replace the now terminated contracts.

As a reminder, the program, required by Federal law and implemented by 2011 Wisconsin Act 192, created a financial record matching program between financial institutions and DHS for the purpose of determining eligibility of applicants for, and recipients of, Medical Assistance. The law requires DHS to enter into an agreement with each financial institution doing business in Wisconsin to operate a financial record matching program

Because there are still details to work out regarding how the program will be implemented through Accuity Asset Verification Services, including the agreement that financial institutions will receive, at this time, WBA recommends that financial institutions should not complete or sign any documents it receives from Accuity Asset Verification Services in this regard.