Balancing Incentive Program

Iowa is pleased to announce that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved Iowa's application for State Balancing Incentive Program (BIP) grant. BIP is designed to "balance" states' spending on long term supports and services. The goal of BIP is to provide persons with greater access to home and community-based services and to reduce unnecessary reliance on institutional services. Iowa currently spends approximately 46.5% of its Medicaid long term supports and services funds on the Home and Community-Based Services program. Under this successful grant Iowa will received an enhanced match rate of 2% for non-institutional long term services and supports, for a total of $61.8 million. The grant award period is July 1, 2012 through September 30, 2015. The department plans to work with key stakeholders to plan implementation steps.

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Core Standardized Assessment (CSA)
Consistent with recommendations of the Mental Health and Disability Services (MHDS) Redesign (2011 Iowa Acts Chapter 121, Section 14), Balancing Incentive Payments Program (BIPP) grant with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Section 10202- Pub. L 111-148, and Iowa Senate File 446; Division V, Section 12, Paragraph 19.a. (7); Paragraph 21.c.; and Paragraph 23, The Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) will conduct core standardized assessments and develop a resource allocation methodology for specific Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waiver populations.