North Carolina's Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is responsible for the launch of two new software systems this year that have experienced significant problems, and things likely will get worse before they get better.
The first problem you've probably heard about: DHHS' rollout of the NC FAST system to handle food benefits, aka food stamps, has been problematic around the state and has led to local agencies working with local food banks to make sure people have access to food until their benefit situation can be straightened out. The problem is that NC FAST is supposed to also handle Medicaid claims as of October 1 and it seems highly unlikely it will be able to do so particularly in light of DHHS' other, less well known software snafu.
Earlier this year DHHS rolled out NCTracks which is a new system to process professional Medicaid claims otherwise known as claims from doctors, medical groups, hospitals and other health care providers. That system is so screwed up that some independent practices have already gone out of business. From an article at charlotteobserver.com:
Karimi, 28, had worked for his parents for the past five years. Their company, Right at Home, had provided home health and personal care to the elderly and people with disabilities in Granite Falls. Karimi handled the billing.
But now Karimi is out of a job and his parents are out of business after a decade. The reason? They weren’t being paid for the Medicaid-reimbursed services they delivered in July and August after the state rolled out its new Medicaid payment system, known as NCTracks…
And it’s not just small providers who are having trouble.
In an interview last week, WakeMed CEO Bill Atkinson said his institution was down $1.5 million since July 1 because of NCTracks. He worried that his billers would have to re-submit all of those claims by hand.