CMS Ponies Up More for Healthcare Innovation

Health Care Innovation Awards to provide better health care and lower costs

Today, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell announced new prospective awardees to test innovative care models, bringing the total amount of funding to as much as $360 million for 39 recipients spanning 27 states and the District of Columbia. These models are designed to deliver better health care and lower costs under the Health Care Innovation Awards program.  

“The Health Care Innovation Awards support our ongoing work to drive down health care costs while providing high quality care to CMS beneficiaries,” said Secretary Burwell. “These awards advance innovative solutions in delivering and improving care from all across our nation.”

The prospective (not yet final) awards range from an expected $2 million to $23.8 million over a three year period. These awards are made possible by the Affordable Care Act and round out the anticipated recipients for round two of the Health Care Innovation Awards program. Examples include projects to promote better care for persons living with HIV/AIDS, reduce unnecessary use of emergency departments, improve pediatric dental care, promote prevention and management of cardiovascular disorders, and to improve care coordination in rural areas of the country. Earlier this year, HHS announced 12 prospective round two recipients receiving as much as $110 million in combined funding and testing models in 13 states. Prospective recipients will receive their final Notice of Award later this summer.

Prospective recipients in round two of the Health Care Innovation Awards will be testing models in the following areas, but not limited to:

  • Five prospective awards will focus on improving emergency care;
  • Ten prospective awards will focus on improving care for children;
  • Four prospective awards will focus on promoting prevention and improving management of cardiovascular diseases;
  • Seven prospective awards will focus on promoting better rural care coordination and telehealth;
  • Seven prospective awards will focus on improving care for frail elderly patients or providing support for aging in the community; and
  • Two prospective awards will focus on promoting better care for persons living with HIV/AIDs.     

In 2012, 107 organizations located in urban and rural areas, all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, received awards through round one of the initiative. The second round of Health Care Innovation Awards differs from the first round in that CMS specifically sought innovations in four areas: rapidly reducing costs for patients in outpatient hospital and post-acute settings; improving care for populations with specialized needs; testing improved financial and clinical models for specific types of providers; linking clinical care delivery to preventive and population health.

“We are pleased to announce the remaining prospective recipients for round two of the Health Care Innovation Awards today,” said Marilyn Tavenner, CMS administrator. “Over the last three years, we have embarked on an historic effort to improve the delivery of healthcare by testing new models of paying for quality care; and these awards will help spur private and public sector innovation in this endeavor.”

For more information about the Health Care Innovation Awards program prospective recipients announced today, go to:

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