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CMS Launches New Initiative to Help States with Medicaid

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In a letter to state Medicaid directors dated July 14, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the launch of a new collaborative initiative called the Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program (IAP). The goal of IAP is to improve care and improve health for Medicaid beneficiaries and reduce costs by supporting states in accelerating new payment and service delivery reforms. 

The IAP is designed to assist states through strategically targeted activities aimed at advancing Medicaid delivery system and payment transformation. Specifically, the IAP builds on ideas and recommendations CMS has heard from states directly, as well as from the National Governors Association and the National Association of Medicaid Directors.

According to the letter, the next step for CMS will be a series of discussions that will provide more information on the initial plans for and structure of IAP and also to solicit input on identifying priorities beyond the initial IAP development. Over the next few weeks, CMS will be holding webinars and other interactive sessions to gather input from states, consumers and experts.