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Launch of In-Person Sessions to Begin the Conversation About New Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program (IAP)

This week, we are hosting the first in a series of in-person meetings across the country to begin the conversation about our Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program (IAP), a new initiative that we are launching in partnership with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.  We launched the IAP in July with the goal of improving health and health care for Medicaid beneficiaries by supporting states’ efforts to accelerate new payment and service delivery reforms. Through these improvements, we can reduce costs for the Medicaid program and, by extension, the health system more generally. The IAP is a new way to enhance CMS’s wide ranging efforts to improve care by supporting system-wide payment and delivery system reform innovation, and will be a vehicle to work closely with states, consumers, and health providers on these critical issues.

Through these in-person sessions, we will be sharing more details on our goals and plans for IAP and asking for feedback from our partners in the states and the stakeholder community.  (For those that cannot join in person, we will also be hosting a virtual meeting in early October.) 

Based on the feedback we receive over the next several weeks, we will develop strategically targeted resources and technical assistance that states can leverage to accelerate Medicaid-focused innovations to transform health care.  We will be sharing the highlights of these discussions on this page after every meeting and you can also follow the discussion in real time on Twitter at @CMSgov  #MedicaidIAP and at MedicaidIAP@cms.hhs.gov.

IAP Commentary
Stephen Cha, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services
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