Targeted Investments Program Overview

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Public Forum

On June 9, 2017 AHCCCS will hold a public meeting for primary care and behavioral health providers interested in participating in the Targeted Investments [TI] Program.

The TI Program objectives, requirements, incentive payments, and application process will be discussed. Providers who want to learn more about this opportunity for furthering care integration are strongly encouraged to attend in person or via the live webinar. A recording of the webinar will also be available on the Targeted Investments Program web page following the meeting.

WHEN: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Friday, June 9, 2017
WHERE: AHCCCS, Gold Room, 701 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, AZ 85034, or attend by live webinar

Register to attend in-person*
Gold Room, 701 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix AZ 85034
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AZAHCCCS_TI_Forum

Register to attend by online webinar
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5457151469089421058
OOD1 - 1-877-820-7831 Participant Passcode: 108903#
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

*Please RSVP by June 1st, and as seating is limited, kindly limit in-person attendees to two per organization

April 26, 2017

The Targeted Investments (TI) Program is AHCCCS’ strategy to provide financial incentives to eligible AHCCCS providers to develop systems for integrated care. In accordance with 42 CFR 438.6(c) and the 1115 Waiver, managed care plans will provide financial incentives to eligible Medicaid providers who meet certain benchmarks for integrating and coordinating physical and behavioral health care for Medicaid beneficiaries. AHCCCS will incorporate these payments into the actuarially-sound capitation rates. The TI Program aims to:

  • reduce fragmentation that occurs between acute care and behavioral health care;
  • increase efficiencies in service delivery for members with behavioral health needs, and
  • improve health outcomes for the affected populations.

TI Provider Eligibility Requirements

  1. Primary care provider eligibility requirements: To participate in the TI Program, primary care provider sites must have a minimum threshold of assigned AHCCCS members across all health plans, must attest to a) having an Electronic Health Record (EHR) which has the ability to exchange and use electronic health information from other systems without special effort on part of the user and b) having completed a behavioral health integration assessment using one of the AHCCCS-specified tools (Targeted Investments Self Assessment)
  2. Mental health provider eligibility requirements: To participate in the TI Program, mental health providers must have delivered an AHCCCS-defined minimum number of qualifying outpatient services to members during a recent 12-month period, must attest to a) having an Electronic Health Record (EHR) which has the ability to exchange and use electronic health information from other systems without special effort on part of the user and b) having completed a behavioral health integration assessment using one of the AHCCCS-specified tools (Targeted Investments Self Assessment)
  3. Hospital eligibility requirements: To participate in the TI Program, hospitals must have at least have had an AHCCCS-defined minimum number of qualifying member discharges across all health plans during a recent 12-month period and must attest to having an Electronic Health Record (EHR) which has the ability to exchange and use electronic health information from other systems without special effort on part of the user.

Applicants must elect which project and area(s) of concentration they will participate in as part of the application process.

  1. Primary care provider applicants: Primary care providers must choose which population focus area they will participate in (e.g., adult with behavioral health needs and / or children/youth with behavioral health needs). Family and general practice providers may choose to participate in one or both population focus areas.
  2. Mental health provider applicants: Mental health care providers must choose which population focus area they will participate in (e.g., adult with behavioral health needs and / or children/youth with behavioral health needs).
  3. AHCCCS Registered Integrated Clinics or Providers that Meet the Functional Definition of Integrated Clinic (herein referred to as “integrated clinics”): Integrated clinics must participate in both primary care and mental health areas of concentration, but may choose whether to participate for the adult with behavioral health needs population focus area, the children/youth with behavioral health need focus area or both.
  4. Hospital applicants: Hospital applicants will automatically participate in the hospital project.

Financial incentives will be paid on an annual basis to participating eligible primary care, mental health, and hospital providers based on requirements that vary over the five years of the Targeted Investments Program. For Year 1 of the TI Program, participating TI providers will receive payment following acceptance into the program. For Years 2 and 3 payment of directed incentive payments will be tied to completing Core Components and related milestones [see section below that links to Core Components]. For Years 4 and 5 payment will be based on meeting or exceeding performance improvement targets for specified quality measures [in development].

Targeted Investments Program
Incentive Payment By Year
TIY 1
Contigent upon acceptance into the program
TIY 2 and 3
Contigent upon successfull completion of Core Components and Milestones for Ambulatory Care and Hospital Projects
TIY 4 and 5
Contigent upon meeting or exceeding performance improvement targets

As mentioned, for Years 2 and 3 payment of the incentive dollars will be distributed based on primary care, mental health and hospital providers completing required Core Components within their chosen area of concentration for one of the two TI Program projects: 1. an ambulatory care project and 2. a hospital project.

  1. Ambulatory Care Project: The ambulatory care project incentive dollars will be based on demonstrated performance for three focused populations: (i) adults with behavioral health needs, (ii) children and youth with behavioral health needs, including children and youth engaged in the child welfare system with Autism Spectrum Disorder; and (iii) adults who have transitioned from a criminal justice facility.

    Within the ambulatory care project, there are five areas of concentration, each of which contain Core Components that describe an action that help to further integrated primary care and behavioral health. The five areas of concentration are:

    1. Ambulatory Project for Primary Care Providers Treating Adults with Behavioral Health Needs
    2. Ambulatory Project for Mental Health Providers Treating Adults with Behavioral Health Needs
    3. Ambulatory Project for Pediatric Primary Care Providers Treating Children/Youth with Behavioral Health Needs
    4. Ambulatory Project for Mental Health Providers Treating Children/Youth with Behavioral Health Needs
    5. Ambulatory Project for Providers Serving Individuals Transitioning from the Justice System
  2. Hospital Project: The hospital project incentive dollars will be based on demonstrated performance for adults with a primary diagnosis of mental illness or designated by AHCCCS as individuals with Serious Mental Illness (SMI).

Chart representing structure of Targeted Investments program

Core Components

Pre-Application Instructions

In preparation for completing an application, review all of the TI Program materials available on https://www.azahcccs.gov, including the TI Program Overview, the Core Components and Milestones descriptions, and the Performance Measures. Providers that are considering applying should fully understand the participation requirements, and the Core Components and milestones they will be required to meet based on their provider type, project selection or areas of concentration in order to receive incentive payments. In addition, primary care and mental health providers must complete one of the required behavioral health integration self-assessments to gauge where they stand at the outset of the TI Program.
Targeted Investments Self Assessment

Providers eligible to participate in the TI Program should ensure that their information is up to date with the Provider Registration Unit (PRU). If there are any discrepancies in the information that PRU has, providers may have a delay in receiving payment. As part of the application process, providers will be asked to provide their National Provider Identification (NPI) number and information on the practice site address that will be associated with their TI Program participation.

IMPORTANT: The TI provider participation application will be available through the AHCCCS Targeted Investments webpage. Applicants MUST have an AHCCCS Online account in order to complete the TI application. It can take several weeks for the AHCCCS Online account registration process to be completed.

If you do not have an AHCCCS Online account, and are considering applying to participate in the Targeted Investments program, please use this link to create your account. https://azweb.statemedicaid.us/Help/LearnMore.aspx

In addition to these providers, there will be a limited number of ambulatory care providers that participate in the TI Program by completing Core Components focused on improving care for individuals who have transitioned from the justice system. These providers will be selected to participate in the TI Program by the Regional Behavioral Health Authorities (RBHAs). However, in order to participate in the justice project, they must also participate in the adult primary care ambulatory project and meet its Core Components in addition to those required through the justice project.

Indian Health Services Clinics and 638 facilities, are not eligible to participate in the TI Program. Indian Health Services Clinics and 638 facilities may be eligible to participate in a separate American Indian Medical Home program currently being developed by AHCCCS [details are forthcoming].

Provider Payment Calculator

All provider types should review the payment calculator [under development] to understand an approximation of the incentive payments for which the provider may be eligible based on AHCCCS payment distribution rules.
Revisit this page to utilize the provider calculator when it becomes available.

Targeted Investments Timeline

Future dates are approximate timeframes and are subject to change

  • January 18, 2017: CMS Approval of the Targeted Investments Program
  • April 24, 2017: Projects, Core Components, and Milestones posted
  • June - July 2017: Provider Participants’ Applications Available
  • June 9, 2017: Provider Participants Meeting and Webinar (11:30-1:30 at 801 E. Jefferson Street in Phoenix; webinar also available)
  • August – September 2017: Participant Notification
  • October 1, 2017: TI Performance Year 2 Begins
  • December, 2017: TI Year 1 Participant Payments

CMS Correspondence

On January 18, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved Arizona's request to begin a Targeted Investments Program that will make almost $300 million available over five years to Arizona providers who assist the State in promoting the integration of physical and behavioral health care, increasing efficiencies in care delivery, and improving health outcomes.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Contact Us

For questions about the Targeted Investments Program, contact us at: TargetedInvestments@azahcccs.gov

NOTE: Emails submitted to this account prior to May 1st may need to be resubmitted as they didn’t reach AHCCCS due to a system glitch.