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HMS Wins Prestigious Information Technology Awards

HMS Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: HMSY) announced today that Ventana Research named the company the winner of the analytics category at its 7th annual Leadership Awards yesterday. Mike Klinkenberg, senior director of business intelligence for HMS, also won the Overall IT Leader Award.

The San Ramon, Calif.-based Ventana Research is a leading business technology research and advisory services firm. The Leadership Awards recognize organizations and supporting technology vendors that have achieved superior results through people, processes, information, and technology while applying best practices within specific business and technology categories.

HMS won the analytics category for advancing analytics capabilities by leveraging key partners in data warehousing, data integration, big data analytics, and business intelligence, such as Teradata, Informatica, and MicroStrategy. HMS’s Klinkenberg won the Overall IT Leader Award for working with key partners to deliver significant information technology improvements at HMS.

“We have been pleased to see that important performance reports that used to take weeks to develop are now available in seconds,” Klinkenberg said. “And that these reports were delivered with quick time to value for our business partners.”

Cynthia Nustad, senior vice president and chief information officer of HMS, summed up: “Since HMS specializes in healthcare analytics, we’re excited to win Ventana Research’s analytics award. Our improved data warehouse helps individuals at all levels of the organization better serve our government and commercial insurance clients.”

Mark Smith, chief executive officer and chief research officer of Ventana Research, added, “The 2012 Leadership Awards is the largest industry technology awards to date, with over 26 awards honoring individuals and organizations of all industries and sizes from across the world that have distinguished themselves in their approach to using software and technology. I would also like to congratulate HMS for their achievements and also to congratulate the technology vendors for their support in helping their customers find the most value from their investments.”

About HMS Holdings Corp.

HMS Holdings Corp., through such business units as HMS and HDI, provides coordination of benefits and program integrity services for payers. These units serve health and human services programs in more than 40 states; commercial programs, including commercial plans, employers, and over 135 Medicaid managed care plans; the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS); and Veterans Administration facilities. As a result of these services, clients recovered more than $2.5 billion and saved nearly $7 billion through the prevention of erroneous payments in 2011.

About Ventana Research

Ventana Research is the most authoritative and respected benchmark business technology research and advisory services firm. We provide insight and expert guidance on mainstream and disruptive technologies through a unique set of research-based offerings including benchmark research and technology evaluation assessments, education workshops and our research and advisory services, Ventana On-Demand. Our unparalleled understanding of the role of technology in optimizing business processes and performance and our best practices guidance are rooted in our rigorous research-based benchmarking of people, processes, information and technology across business and IT functions in every industry. This benchmark research plus our market coverage and in-depth knowledge of hundreds of technology providers means we can deliver education and expertise to our clients to increase the value they derive from technology investments while reducing time, cost and risk.

Ventana Research provides the most comprehensive analyst and research coverage in the industry; business and IT professionals worldwide are members of our community and benefit from Ventana Research's insights, as do highly regarded media and association partners around the globe. Our views and analyses are distributed daily through blogs and social media channels including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+.

To learn how Ventana Research advances the maturity of organizations' use of information and technology through benchmark research, education and advisory services, visit www.ventanaresearch.com.

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