From July 2014 through September 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) administered the Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program (IAP), a collaborative between the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) and the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). The goal of IAP was to improve the health and health care of Medicaid beneficiaries and to reduce costs by supporting states’ ongoing payment and delivery system reforms. Medicaid IAP supported Medicaid agencies with building capacity in key program and functional areas by offering targeted technical assistance, tool development, and cross-state learning opportunities.
IAP selected, in consultation with states and stakeholders, four program areas in which to offer technical assistance:
- Reducing substance use disorders
- Improving care for Medicaid beneficiaries with complex care needs and high costs including serious mental illness (SMI);
- Promoting community integration through long-term services and supports including value-based payments (VBPs) for home and community-based services and building state Medicaid-Housing agency partnerships; and
- Supporting physical and mental health integration.
In addition, IAP also worked with states through its functional areas, or levers, for Medicaid delivery system reform:
- Data analytics including Medicare-Medicaid data integration and developing analytic capacity to support reduction of maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity in Medicaid,
- Performance improvement
- Quality measurement
- Value-based payment and financial simulations including maternal and infant health VBPs and children’s oral health VBPs.
Visit each area page to learn more about the technical assistance provided to Medicaid agencies, as well as find tools and resources for all Medicaid agencies to use as they design and implement related Medicaid delivery system reforms.