Analytics is the key to innovation in Medicaid: Open Minds

October 26, 2016

In 2014, the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) launched the Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program (IAP) with the goal of supporting state Medicaid programs in their move to more value-based, data-driven payment and delivery systems. Through technical assistance, training and new tools, the IAP is working with 28 states in 2016 - compared to 11 in 2015. The IAP has concentrated their efforts on four core areas of care: reducing substance use disorders, helping Medicaid beneficiaries with complex care needs and high costs, promoting community-based long-term services and supports, and promoting physical and mental health integration. Across these core areas of care, CMCS is providing targeted support in functional areas, including:

  • Helping states to build and enhance their use of data analytics;
  • Promoting quality measures that align with existing CMS measures; and
  • Assisting states with performance measurement, payment modeling, and financial simulations.