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Accenture Supporting the District of Columbia in Healthcare Reform and Modernization Planning

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Accenture Supporting the District of Columbia in Healthcare Reform and Modernization Planning07:00 EDT Thursday, May 31, 2012 WASHINGTON (Business Wire) -- Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has been selected by the District of Columbia to support compliance with federal health insurance exchange deadlines and enable integrated health and human service eligibility processes. The plan and system requirements fall under the authority of the District's Healthcare Reform Implementation Committee, responsible for improving resident access to quality healthcare while ensuring compliance with federal mandates. The necessary steps include: changing Medicaid eligibility processes, the creation of new self-service tools and capabilities and the creation of a Health Benefits Exchange to open access to affordable health insurance. Enhanced federal funding also will allow the District to procure a new integrated eligibility system, which will be deployed in later releases. Accenture was selected as the District's IT Requirements vendor following a competitive bid process. Following the delivery of the blueprint and system requirements by Accenture to the Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF), the District will ultimately select an integration vendor to support design, build, test and deploy the system. The District's approach is focused on complete service integration across health and human services. Federal matching funds (at a match of 90 percent federal/10 percent state) are temporarily available for development of new eligibility systems, which will enable the District to replace its aging mainframe-based system with an integrated solution. The new system will serve multiple health and human service agencies and programs, supporting the District's goal to improve city-wide integration of services. “This plan will guide the District's ultimate replacement of a legacy system with a modern solution that enables district-wide case management and real-time functionality,” said Julie Booth, Accenture's human services North American managing director for State, Provincial and Local government. “The District is wisely moving to an IT approach that allows for more data-sharing, uses innovative technology and is more easily updated and scaled for growth through configuration rather than coding.” Learn more about Accenture's Insight Driven Health, the firm's human services solutions and focus, Empowering Services, Improving Lives, and Accenture Software for Public Service. About Accenture Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with more than 246,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world's most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. The company generated net revenues of US$25.5 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2011. Its home page is www.accenture.com. AccentureJoe Dickie, + 512-694-6422joseph.r.dickie@accenture.com