MITA BP Relationships

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This page goes over how the MITA 3.0 Business Processes are interrelated, with respect to their trigger and successor. These can be found within the original framework by looking at chapter 6 of the MITA 3.0 Framework - Business Process Templates.

MITA Business Process Relationships

Each of the MITA 3.0 Business Process Models (BPM) contain a list of predecessors and successor processes with directional linkage. In an effort to better examine and understand these connections, EHR developed a MITA 3.0 relationship model using data pulled out of the ReadyCert 3.0 software. We envisioned each BPM as a vertices and each predecessor or successor as an edge with in a relationship graph. Because the MITA framework defines the direction of the flow of the information between BPM through the predecessor (flow into) and successor (flow out of) we can look at reciprocation values for this model. Using the NodeXL[1] graphing add-in for Excel we graphed the CMS MITA 3.0 model using a Harel-Koren fast multiscale graphing methodology to produce a visual model of a basic state enterprise MITA relationships.

The 80 BPM processes have a total of 445 defined relationship connections. 207 of those are unique and move data only one direction, 238 represent data moving in both directions between processes. The found rate of reciprocated vertex pairs was 13.2% where the number of vertex pairs/pairs connected at any edge. That means about 13% of BPM move data between each over in both directions rather than as a one way street in relation to any other single edge connection. The rate for Reciprocated edges was 23.4% meaning about a quarter of the bpm’s move data in a reciprocal fashion to any connected edge. The overall density of MITA 3.0 was found to be 5%. A density score of 100% would represent a model where every possible edge connection existed. An Enterprise wide relationship map is included at the bottom of this document with color coding by business category.

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While interesting, the MITA 3.0 Enterprise graph is a bit unwieldy. To make the data a bit more useful, we further broke the enterprise down into the CMS defined business areas and created individual relationship graphs for each. This is the Provider Management Business Area relationship graph which is grouped by its two business categories. The PM business area contains 5 BPM divided into 2 categories which are represented by the blue labels. All the Vertices not in blue are from other business areas. Edges are represented by the connecting lines, and the arrows show directional indicators. The PM business area relationship model has 22 vertices and 49 edges. BA level vertex reciprocity is 21% and edge reciprocity 35%. Overall density was found to be 9%. Below is a table showing a few of the business areas and their relative density. Case Management and Contractor management are much denser than the enterprise wide model.

MITA Relationships by Business Area

Click on each image to bring up a larger, high definition version of the relationship chart.

Business Relationship Management

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Contractor Management

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Financial Management

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Operations Management

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Provider Management

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Additional Business Areas

The 5 remaining business area relationships will be posted soon.


  1. *Smith, M., Milic-Frayling, N., Shneiderman, B., Mendes Rodrigues, E., Leskovec, J., Dunne, C., (2010). NodeXL: a free and open network overview, discovery and exploration add-in for Excel 2007/2010, from the Social Media Research Foundation,