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SLI Global Solutions to Provide IV&V and Certification Review Services for Colorado’s Benefits Management System

SILVER SPRING, MD (November 27, 2017) − Colorado’s Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) has awarded SLI Global Solutions (SLI) a contract to conduct periodic Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) services of the implementation of the Department’s Affordable Care Act Eligibility and Enrollment System, the Colorado Benefit Management System (CBMS) and its Program Eligibility and Application Kit (PEAK) modifications effort. PEAK allows the agency to meet increases in enrollment rates for food, cash and medical assistance programs.

SLI is performing periodic reviews using the most recent release of the Medicaid Eligibility and Enrollment Toolkit (MEET) and reporting to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and HCPF. The new MEET corresponds in process to the Medicaid Enterprise Certification (MECT) also published by CMS.

In addition to participating in the Medicaid Eligibility and Enrollment Lifecycle (MEECL), SLI will also deliver more traditional IV&V services. SLI will complete the first review cycle within 90 days of contract signing and the second is to be completed in June 2018. These reviews result in project milestone reviews for the two major builds in the current release plan. This approach allows SLI’s IV&V team to identify risks that are the most likely to impact the project and confirm that key project health indicators are met. This enables SLI to provide actionable mitigation recommendations to reduce risk severity and help ensure federal partners are fully informed of project progress.

SLI is currently working with the states of Mississippi, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wyoming on the states’ modular MECT and MEET certification efforts. SLI’s IV&V team will be leveraging the lessons learned in these other states to assist HCPF in preparing for CMS milestone reviews and in responding to CMS findings.

Steve Esposito, President for SLI’s Government Solutions practice, said, “As HCPF seeks to provide clients and community service partners with a modern and easily accessible tool to apply for public assistance benefits, it is important that sound principles of project management and systems development are effectively utilized, and federal reporting is timely and accurate. SLI proposed a proven approach to conduct the IV&V for HCPF using our standards-based SQM3 quality management methodology. Our experience assisting health and human services agencies navigate the emerging and evolving CMS lifecycle and rules permits our delivery team to make insightful recommendations and accurate assessments that meet the needs of the agency and CMS, as the project progresses.

“SLI is delighted to be assisting the HCPF in meeting the needs of its staff and public assistance recipients through the completion of the PEAK effort. This contract is the sixth IV&V award earned by SLI in Colorado,” Esposito continued. “These awards solidify our place as a trusted partner to the state’s agencies, minimizing risk and maximizing quality as they work toward modernizing their technology for mission-critical projects while helping to ensure there are no interruptions in federal funding.”

About SLI Global Solutions

SLI Global Solutions (SLI) is headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland, with project locations in over a dozen capital cities across the US. SLI is committed to helping state agencies build quality and innovation into their system implementations and program improvement initiatives. SLI is committed to the use of a standards-based quality management methodology that has been proven effective in a wide range of system implementations and process improvement projects. SLI’s SQM3 methodology is ISO 9001:2015 certified. SLI has experienced staff ready to support your quality and risk management needs on both agile and traditional systems development projects. 

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