Innovative Approach to Medicaid

Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced they have set aside more than $100 million over the next five years to help states test and implement new payment and delivery models for Medicaid. It’s being called the Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program (IAP) – and, if you ask me, it’s a step in the right direction.

Recent changes in healthcare have brought both challenges and opportunities for professionals in every sector of the industry. Some of the best advances and solutions we’ve seen in response to the changing landscape have happened thanks to people coming together and using innovative ways of approaching the issue. It’s exciting and refreshing to watch as new, creative approaches develop.

By keeping states siloed and disengaged, the current system hinders progress by preventing collaboration and the spread of best practices. The IAP opens the dialogue that has been missing between states. In the coming weeks, CMS will hold interactive webinars to gauge feedback from states, consumers and subject area experts to determine how to best move IAP forward. I’m curious and excited to see what ideas this program can produce over the next five years.

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