The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, commonly known as ODJFS, has announced that ‘Dark Days’ will reign from July 21, 2011 through August 1, 2011 while they transition to their new system- Medicaid Information Technology System (MITS).
In 2004, CMS selected Ohio as an early adopter of their Medicaid Information Technology Architecture and, in 2007, Hewlett Packard was selected as the vendor to design the program.
The driving force behind the change for ODJFS was the ability to rapidly respond to the current and emerging demands from the healthcare marketplace by improving efficiencies with the automation of processes that are right now performed manually. The most proficient business driver is the need for an IT system that is capable of rapid implementation of state and federal Medicaid program changes. It also provides web-based technology that can easily adapt to program fluctuations and needs.
The development and implementation of MITS provides the opportunity to improve operations and to streamline functionality for managed care plans, fee-for-service providers, and Medicaid consumers. It will provide a secure Web site that will offer more support through an array of automated business solutions to increase self-service capabilities.