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.
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.
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.