Health Reform in MN


Moderization Update - June 2017

Key Highlights This Month:  

Work is currently underway for the Implementation Advanced Planning Document Update (IAPDU) that will request approval of the federal funding share of the costs for continuing modernization projects within the ISDS portfolio for the next fiscal year. The IAPDU presents a written plan of action to the federal government for Designing, Developing, and Implementing (or DDI) the ISDS. Establishing and updating an APD is a joint effort between DHS and MNIT Services and requires information that comes from several sources, including business, technical, finance, legal compliance and federal relations areas.

The APD is trying to figure a way to include Counties for funding under modernization, especially since Dakota and Hennepin are working on the Triage and Referral process in Cúram and in preparation for needed county involvement in additional projects.

As of May 15, there are 104 projects within the ISDS portfolio, with 54 active projects, 46 projects in queue or on hold, and 4 that have been submitted. The ISDS project list includes both Advanced Planning Document (APD) projects (federally funded) and non-APD (not federally funded) projects.

The latest MnChoices release was successfully pushed out on April 21, and a pilot is targeted to begin on May 22.

Requirements are being wrapped up for the licensing project to outline functionality and align with SMRT and Triage and Referral. There is some healthy tension between getting the tool created and tested and getting the business case and business model created and communicated.

Chris Lancrete’s County Alignment Group met May 12th and a presentation on the Curum framework was provided to IT Directors. Curum is the core part of the DHS systems modernization as it is used for METS and SMRT applications, and many other functions of the Integrated Service Deliver System (ISDS) will be developed on this platform.  

The Integrated Services Delivery Team is continuing to do site visits and is planning to go to the White Earth Nation on June 8th. We had a preliminary call with Kresge Foundation will help us define more clearly the issues we need to tackle first and will help guide us toward the development of a plan and implementation strategy that will position us for success as we develop an Integrated Services Delivery Model.

Cúram will be used for the appeals enterprise system, and business requirements, a project plan and team resourcing are underway.

Requested Actions Needed From MACSSA:  None

New Trends in This Area:  

The governance structure of many of the groups are still being evaluated for effectiveness and alignment to the charter as well as the overall functionality. This will include ISDS, ESC, PMT, BADT, and the rest of the domain teams.

Issues/Concerns Regarding This Topic:  None

Legislative Impacts:  

The House omnibus health and human services finance bill (HF 945) contains no funding for the continued maintenance of the Minnesota Eligibility Technology System (METS), as well as does not include $10 Million dollars in added funding that would have brought in another $90 million from a Federal Match.

Without maintenance the system would soon cease to function, jeopardizing the eligibility of many residents in Minnesota.

Supporting Materials:  


Brad Vold and Marti Fischbach

SSIS – Gary Sprynczynatyk; PRISM - Todd McMurray; Chisago MnChoices – Julie Ellis; METS/MAXIS – Deb Huskins; Technology – Chris Lancrete/Hennepin

Data – Scott Jara

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