This State Systems APD Guide was initially developed in September 1996 by the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF), in cooperation with the Health Care Finance Administration (HCFA), to help States prepare Advance Planning Documents (APDs) and related documents for approval for Federal financial participation (FFP). This revision updates the Guide to reflect regulatory changes in Part 95 as reflected in the final rule published on October 28, 2010. It is intended to streamline the process by establishing certain discrete standards that State submissions must meet prior to approval and by limiting these standards to the most essential.
This document will be used by HHS staff as a standard for review. It should also be used by State personnel and their consultants and contractors working on systems subject to HHS' review, approval, and certification.