On March 15, 2019 ,the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released new state tools and guidance that provide standard monitoring metrics and recommended research methods for Section 1115 demonstrations. The resources include an implementation plan template, monitoring report template and evaluation design guidance.
Section 1115 demonstrations allow states to test new policy approaches such as work requirements, premium assistance to purchase private coverage, and expansion of coverage to new populations. For each approved 1115 demonstration, states are required to:
CMS’ new monitoring and evaluation tools and guidance are designed to support these activities. The CMS resources include:
CMS plans to provide support to states to adopt the tools through individual technical assistance and through forums such as the Community Engagement Learning Collaborative. CMS will also provide specific instruction on the tools and guidance through a series of technical assistance sessions for states.
The new 1115 Demonstration State Monitoring & Evaluation Resources are located on the CMS website at this address: