Good news on CCIP – SIM’s plan for Medicaid

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As recommended by independent advocates and others at from the Care Management Committee, DSS and SIM have agreed to make SIM’s Community and Clinical Integration Program (CCIP) optional for Medicaid provider networks, at least for the first year. Advocates and others on the committee were concerned that the plan was too prescriptive, very expensive, and could conflict with and duplicate other efforts already in place and successful. Networks are free to choose to participate in the first year; there maybe grants available to help defray some of the costs. The new option allows time to improve CCIP, develop a funding source, and engage other payers.

Unfortunately, DSS has affirmed their rejection of advocates’ concerns about undermining successful person-centered medical homes in Medicaid.