HHS Funds to Enhance Ability of
States to Improve Medicaid Reform
HHS also announces $11 Million to
integrate HIV services in Community Health Centers
15, 2014 - A new collaboration with states to improve care for Medicaid
beneficiaries by accelerating efforts in reforming their health care
systems to improve health and care, while also reducing costs, was
announced yesterday by Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M.
Burwell, who called the program “innovative.”
The goals and activities of the
Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program build on many of the recent
recommendations made by the National Governors Association’s (NGA)
Health Care Sustainability Task Force.
This initiative is consistent with
states’ recommendation that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
(CMS) identify opportunities for care improvement and addressing high
priority areas such as mental health and emergency department
Through the Medicaid Innovation
Accelerator Program, HHS is investing over $100 million in technical
support to help states in their efforts to improve health, improve care
and decrease costs for their Medicaid beneficiaries. While
complementing other federal-state delivery system reform efforts such as
the State Innovation Models initiative, this new initiative will help
jumpstart innovation by providing federal tools and resources to support
states in advancing Medicaid-specific delivery system reform.
“Medicaid innovation is moving
forward, and the new Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program, announced
in response to recommendations from Governors, will give states the
opportunity to even further strengthen their great work,” said Secretary
Burwell. “HHS will provide strategically targeted resources that states
can leverage to enhance the impact of their efforts to transform health
“We are very pleased by this new
effort to develop performance partnerships with states that can deliver
better health outcomes at a cost we can afford,” said Oregon Gov. John
Kitzhaber. “Using the reform principles developed by a bipartisan NGA
Health Care Sustainability Task Force that I co-chaired with Governor
Haslam, Oregon has begun to prove these principles can deliver. We look
forward to working with HHS, NGA and other states to scale this work.”
“The Task Force's recommendations
highlighted many key areas that needed reform, and I appreciate the
continued conversations CMS has had with us about these areas," said
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam. "This new initiative and investment
demonstrate that there is great benefit to state-federal collaboration.”
The Medicaid Innovation Accelerator
Program will develop Medicaid specific resources to support state-based
innovative health care reform efforts by identifying and advancing new
Medicaid service delivery and financing models to improve patient care
by providing data analytics, improving quality measurement and rapid
cycle evaluation capabilities, and advancing effective and timely
dissemination of best practices and learning among states.
Spending $11 Million to Integrate HIV Services in Community Health
announced today the availability of $11 million, through the Affordable
Care Act and the Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund, to support
the integration of high‐quality
HIV services into primary care through innovative partnerships between
health centers and state health departments in Florida, Massachusetts,
Maryland and New York. This initiative supports the goals of the
Administration’s National HIV/AIDS Strategy.
This funding is part of a new
three-year, multi-agency project - Partnerships for Care: Health
Departments and Health Centers Collaborating to Improve HIV Health
Run jointly by the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention and the Health Resources and Services
Administration (HRSA), this project will enable HRSA-funded health
centers to work with CDC-funded state health departments to expand the
provision of HIV prevention, testing, care, and treatment services,
especially among racial/ethnic minorities.
In June, CDC awarded cooperative
agreements to the four state health departments to support
implementation of this project within communities most impacted by HIV.
Health departments receiving the CDC awards identified 22 health centers
as partners in their efforts.
These health centers are eligible
to apply for the opportunity announced today which supports workforce
development, infrastructure development, HIV service delivery,
partnership building, and quality improvement activities.
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