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Health Care Innovation Awards

The Health Care Innovation Awards are funding up to $1 billion in grants to applicants who will implement the most compelling new ideas to deliver better health, improved care and lower costs to people enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), particularly those with the highest health care needs.

Awarded Projects

The CMS Innovation Center announced the first batch of awardees for the Health Care Innovation Awards on May 8, 2012 and the second (final) batch on June 15, 2012. The awarded organizations will implement projects in communities across the nation that aim to deliver better health, improved care and lower costs to people enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), particularly those with the highest health care needs. Funding for these projects is for three years.

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Health Care Innovation Awards Map Alabama: 4 ProjectsAlaska: 1 ProjectArizona: 2 ProjectsArkansas: 3 ProjectsCalifornia: 17 ProjectsColorado: 8 ProjectsConnecticut: 4 ProjectsConnecticut: 4 Projects Delaware: 4 Projects Delaware: 4 Projects District of Columbia: 4 Projects Florida: 8 Projects Georgia: 5 Projects Hawaii: 4 Projects Idaho: 4 Projects Illinois: 7 Projects Indiana: 4 Projects Iowa: 5 Projects Kansas: 2 Projects Kentucky: 3 Projects Louisiana: 2 Projects Maine: 2 Projects Maryland: 6 Projects Massachusetts: 12 Projects Michigan: 8 Projects Minnesota: 6 Projects Mississippi: 4 Projects Missouri: 4 Projects Montana: 2 Projects Nebraska: 2 Projects Nevada: 3 Projects New Hampshire: 3 Projects New Jersey: 6 Projects New Mexico: 6 Projects New York: 13 Projects North Carolina: 6 Projects North Dakota: 2 Projects Ohio: 6 Projects Oklahoma: 3 Projects Oregon: 6 Projects Pennsylvania: 10 Projects Puerto Rico: 1 Project Rhode Island: 3 Projects Rhode Island: 3 Projects South Carolina: 3 Projects South Dakota: 2 Projects Tennessee: 7 Projects Texas: 10 Projects Utah: 2 Projects Vermont: 2 Projects Virginia: 4 Projects Washington: 7 Projects West Virginia: 2 Projects Wisconsin: 5 Projects Wyoming: 2 Projects

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Initiative Details

The objectives of this initiative are to:

  • Engage a broad set of innovation partners to identify and test new care delivery and payment models that originate in the field and that produce better care, better health, and reduced cost through improvement for identified target populations.
  • Identify new models of workforce development and deployment and related training and education that support new models either directly or through new infrastructure activities.
  • Support innovators who can rapidly deploy care improvement models (within six months of award) through new ventures or expansion of existing efforts to new populations of patients, in conjunction (where possible) with other public and private sector partners.

Awards range from approximately $1 million to $30 million for a three-year period. Applications were accepted by providers, payers, local government, public-private partnerships and multi-payer collaboratives. Each grantee project will be monitored for measurable improvements in quality of care and savings generated.

This initiative encouraged applicants to include new models of workforce development and deployment that efficiently support their service delivery model proposal. Enhanced infrastructure to support more cost effective system-wide function is also a critical component of health care system transformation, and applicants are encouraged to include this as an element of their proposals.

The CMS Innovation Center would like to thank all the applicants who submitted proposals for the Health Care Innovation Challenge initiative. We received approximately three thousand applications, representing tens of thousands of clinicians, information technology entrepreneurs, medical suppliers, health centers, hospitals, community-based organizations and individual citizens from every corner of the nation.

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