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Functional Areas

In addition to technical assistance in programmatic areas, the Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program (IAP) also provided Medicaid agencies with technical assistance and tools related to their ongoing Medicaid delivery system reforms (DSR), in four functional areas: data analytics, quality measurement, performance improvement, and value-based payment and financial simulations. In addition, IAP integrated the functional areas across each of the four program areas (Reducing Substance Use DisordersBeneficiaries with Complex NeedsCommunity Integration – Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS), and Physical and Mental Health Integration).

Data Analytics

IAP worked with Medicaid agencies to build or enhance their data analytic capacity to support delivery system reform efforts through the following activities:

  • Targeted data analytic technical assistance to states.
  • Strengthening partnerships while developing data analytic capacity to support reduction of maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity in Medicaid technical assistance.
  • Medicare-Medicaid data integration technical assistance.
  • IAP-specific data analytic resources.

To learn more about these opportunities, visit the Data Analytics page.

Value-Based Payment and Financial Simulations

IAP offered Medicaid agencies support in the following areas:

  • Value-Based Payment and Financial Simulations
  • Maternal and Infant Health Value-Based Payment Technical Assistance
  • Children’s Oral Health Value-Based Payment Technical Assistance

To learn more about these opportunities, visit IAP Value-Based Payment and Financial Simulations webpage.

Quality Measurement

Opportunities under this functional area complemented existing Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) measurement related efforts (example, CMS Quality Strategy and Medicaid Adult Core Set). Examples of support to states under this functional area included:

  • A three-part measure development contract led by IAP, the Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office, and CMCS’s Disabled and Elderly Health Programs Group. Over the course of three years, the IAP developed or refined approximately 12 measures in key gaps areas across the IAP’s four program areas.
  • Developing quality measurement tools and resources.

To learn more about these opportunities, visit the IAP Quality Measurement webpage.

Performance Improvement

Most states participating in the IAP program and functional areas received performance improvement (i.e. quality improvement) training and support. This work focused on the creation and use of driver diagrams to help states set goals and determine the aims and “drivers” of change. In addition, IAP created web-based trainings on performance improvement techniques and a quality improvement tools for all interested Medicaid agency state staff.

To learn more about these tools, visit the IAP Performance Improvement webpage.