New Health Care Innovation Awards Announced for
Better Health Care, Lower Costs
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation Center to
invest $360 million
10, 2014 Health Care Innovation Awards expected to total as much as
$360 million to deliver better health care at lower costs were announced
yesterday by Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell.
Seven awards from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services
Innovation Center will focus on improving care for frail elderly
patients or providing support for aging in the community and most of the
other endeavors will also benefit seniors.
The models to test innovative care will include 39
recipients representing 27 states and the District of Columbia.
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.
Although the award amounts are not yet final, they
are expected to range from $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
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:
1. rapidly reducing costs for patients in outpatient hospital and
2. improving care for populations with specialized needs;
3. testing improved financial and clinical models for specific types
of providers; and
4. 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
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
To learn more about other innovative models being
tested by the CMS Innovation Center, please visit:
innovation.cms.gov. You are also
invited to contribute your ideas.
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