In July 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched 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 is 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 supports state Medicaid agencies to build capacity in key program and functional areas by offering targeted technical support, tool development, and cross-state learning opportunities.
IAP selected, in consultation with states and stakeholders, four program areas in which to offer technical support: reducing substance use disorders; improving care for Medicaid beneficiaries with complex care needs and high costs; promoting community integration through long-term services and supports; and supporting physical and mental health integration.
In addition, IAP also works with states through its functional areas, or levers, for Medicaid delivery system reform: data analytics, performance improvement, quality measurement, and value-based payment and financial simulations.