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.