CMS plans to streamline Medicaid demonstration waiver renewals

July 28, 2015

CMS unveiled an updated federal review process to streamline renewing Medicaid demonstration waivers, Modern Healthcare reports. The waivers, known as Section 1115 waivers, request federal grants to test Medicaid initiatives that would not otherwise be permitted under the program. The current waiver process has encountered mounting criticism, after some requests have been active for years. In response, CMS will implement a "fast-track" federal review process for Section 1115 waivers. The process uses a streamlined extension application template. To support the changes, CMS has created a new unit for reviewing the waivers and has increased staffing at the agency, Modern Healthcare reports.