MEDTAPP (Medicaid Technical Assistance and Policy Program)

MEDTAPP (Medicaid Technical Assistance and Policy Program)

MEDTAPP (Medicaid Technical Assistance and Policy Program) is a university Medicaid research partnership combining nonfederal and federal funds to support the efficient and effective administration of the Medicaid program. This formal state-university partnership is driven by a multi-agency agreement between GRC and Ohio’s Department of Medicaid (ODM), Department of Health, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Department of Development Disabilities, and Board of Regents. This multi-agency agreement allows for the expenditure of Medicaid Federal Financial Participation funds to support health and human services research through the Ohio Department of Medicaid’s Medicaid Technical Assistance and Policy Program, and other state general revenue funding sources. This multi-agency agreement establishes funding appropriations to GRC over the state biennium, and all subsequent research projects are authorized under this agreement. Research activities funded through this multiagency agreement are not only implemented by GRC staff, but through multiple subcontracts with expert researchers at Ohio’s seven medical colleges and 13 public universities.

Through Ohio’s formal state-university partnership multi-agency agreement, GRC is allocated Medicaid Federal Financial Participation (FFP) funds and other state general revenue funds to utilize for Ohio HHS agency driven research. The majority of research projects developed and implemented through this multi-agency agreement are through the Ohio Department of Medicaid’s Medicaid Technical Assistance and Policy Program (MEDTAPP). MEDTAPP combines nonfederal and federal funds to support the efficient and effective administration of Ohio’s Medicaid program by implementing innovative research studies. MEDTAPP’s research focus areas include:

1)    Health services research and policy;

2)    Workforce development;

3)    Quality improvement science; and

4)    Rapid technical/ clinical consultation.

Specifically, MEDTAPP funding is 50% FFP funds and 50% qualified non-federal funds. Typically qualified non-federal funds include university faculty and facility in-kind support. State general revenue funds, private contributions, and bona fide donations have also been used as qualified non-federal funding sources and FFP cost-share. As a public entity, Ohio State University is responsible for certifying public expenditures in accordance with federal Medicaid policy.