State of Ohio Awards Mental Health Utilization Review Contract to Permedion

State of Ohio Awards Mental Health Utilization Review Contract to Permedion

<0> HMS Holdings Corp.Francesca Marraro, 212-857-5442Media Relations </0>

, a wholly owned subsidiary of HMS, Inc., announced today that it has been awarded a contract by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (ODMHAS) to administer the utilization review program for inpatient and community behavioral health services for Ohio Medicaid recipients. Permedion will provide prior authorization and post-payment review services, and perform onsite reviews at inpatient facilities.

The contract runs through June 30, 2015, and may be renewed for up to three additional years.

“Ohio is making significant enhancements to its healthcare service delivery model,” said Maria Perrin, 's Chief Marketing Officer. “We are excited to have the opportunity to expand Permedion’s utilization management offering to the State as it continues to make innovations that improve care coordination, enhance the level of service available to patients, and reduce waste.”

Permedion has provided utilization management services to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) since 1997, helping the State achieve an average of $44 million in savings annually over the past five years. This is the company’s first contract with ODMHAS.

(NASDAQ: HMSY), through its subsidiaries, is the nation's leader in and services for healthcare payers. 's clients in more than 40 states; , including commercial plans, , and over 150 ; the Centers for Medicare and Services (CMS); and . As a result of the company's services, clients recovered over $3.2 billion in 2012, and saved billions more through the prevention of erroneous payments.

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