DALLAS, June 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. (NYSE: ACS) has strengthened its portfolio of Informed Health offerings with the recent federal certification of its wholly-owned subsidiary ACS Bowers. As a designated Quality Improvement Organization (QIO)-like entity, ACS Bowers can provide utilization review, as well as health quality management services to state Medicaid agencies across the country.
Under Federal law, state Medicaid agencies can contract with a QIO or QIO- like entity to perform medical and utilization review functions required by law. As part of the QIO-like designation, ACS Bowers can pursue state Medicaid contracts for utilization review, and work with consumers and physicians, hospitals, and other caregivers to ensure that patients get the right care at the right time.
"This CMS designation serves to further confirm ACS Bowers' marketplace reputation as a leader in reviewing healthcare cases and analyzing patterns of care related to medical necessity and quality of care," said Christopher T. Deelsnyder, ACS senior vice president and managing director, Government Healthcare Solutions. "Now, ACS is positioned to provide deeper value and enhanced expertise to our customers."
As a QIO-like entity, ACS Bowers will conduct case reviews to ensure that care provided to Medicaid beneficiaries meets professionally recognized standards of healthcare and that Medicaid pays for only the services that are reasonable and necessary.
Founded in 1990, Bowers & Associates was acquired by ACS in February 2008 and rebranded ACS Bowers. The acquisition strengthened ACS' Informed Health offerings by adding Bowers' expertise in healthcare management and state-of- the-art informatics.
ACS is a national leader in state healthcare program administration, offering a full spectrum of systems and complementary services through an integrated solution, from care management solutions and child health programs to pharmacy benefits management and traditional Medicaid fiscal agent services. ACS supports more than 23 million program recipients and processes nearly 550 million Medicaid healthcare claims annually, representing close to $50 billion in provider payments. As the nation's largest government program pharmacy benefits administrator, ACS serves 28 states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Labor with drug expenditures totaling more than $13 billion.
ACS, a global FORTUNE 500 company with 63,000 people supporting client operations reaching more than 100 countries, provides business process outsourcing and information technology solutions to world-class commercial and government clients. The company's Class A common stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "ACS." Learn more about ACS at http://www.acs-inc.com.
|SOURCE Affiliated Computer Services, Inc.|
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