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Tim Hill, Deputy Director, CMCS

Three years ago, the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) launched a collaboration with the Center for Medicare-Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) entitled the Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program (IAP). Our Center created IAP to ensure that Medicaid had an imprint in the delivery system reform...

Tyler Sadwith, Health Insurance Specialist, Disabled and Elderly Health Programs Group, CMCS

For the past two years, The Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program (IAP) has been working with Medicaid and behavioral health agencies to develop robust approaches for addressing substance use disorders (SUD). As described in the IAP High Intensity Learning Collaborative fact sheet , we have been...

Karen LLanos, Director, Medicaid IAP

Through the Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program (IAP), we have been working directly with 28 states to improve the health and health care for Medicaid beneficiaries by supporting ongoing efforts related to delivery system reforms. In addition to working with states across our program priority...

Karen LLanos, Director, Medicaid IAP and Laura Snyder, Social Science Research Analyst, IAP, CMCS

In the July 24, 2013 Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services Information Bulletin , we described Medicaid “superutilizers” or Beneficiaries with Complex Needs and High Costs (BCNs) as Medicaid beneficiaries who because of their health and/or social conditions, are likely to experience...

Juliet Kuhn, Social Science Research Analyst, Division of Quality & Health Outcomes, CMCS and Karen LLanos, Director, Medicaid IAP

Medicaid IAP’s quality measurement portfolio is focused on supporting states in the selection, use, and alignment of quality measures related to Medicaid delivery system reform efforts. There are three areas of foci to our IAP quality measurement work, all of which are designed to complement...

Karen LLanos, Director, Medicaid IAP and Tyler Sadwith, Health Insurance Specialist, Disabled and Elderly Health Programs Group, CMCS

After a year and a half working with Medicaid and behavioral health agencies to develop robust approaches for addressing substance use disorders, we have much to share with states. As described in the Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program (IAP) High Intensity Learning Collaborative (HILC)...

Tim Hill, Deputy Director, CMCS and Karen LLanos, Director, Medicaid IAP

This month IAP marks its second anniversary, and celebrates the program’s growth into an active agent of transformation for state Medicaid delivery system reforms. In July 2014, when we launched IAP, we had high hopes that states would turn to IAP to drive change and improvement in key...

Wendy Alexander, Technical Director, Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office and Karen LLanos, Director, Medicaid IAP

When we held our 2014 IAP listening sessions to identify possible areas of technical support for states, we heard repeatedly from Medicaid agencies that targeted technical support with getting access to and integrating Medicare-Medicaid data was greatly needed. At CMS, the Medicare-Medicaid...

John O'Brien, Senior Policy Advisor, CMCS and Tyler Sadwith, Health Insurance Specialist, Disabled and Elderly Health Programs Group, CMCS

As the need for developing robust approaches for addressing substance use disorders becomes increasingly clear, CMS has been working directly with a set of leader states through our Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program (IAP). Seven states participate in an intensive learning collaborative and 48...

Katherine Griffith, Senior Advisor, Medicaid IAP and Karen LLanos, Director, Medicaid IAP

Over the past 12 months, the Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program (IAP) has worked directly with 15 states and has reached over 40 states through its national, virtual learning opportunities. However, in many ways IAP’s work with states is just beginning in its four program areas: Reducing...

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