Health Care Innovation Awards Announced

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced round two of the Health Care Innovation Awards. CMS will spend up to $1 billion for awards and evaluation of projects that test new payment and service delivery models that will deliver better care and lower costs for Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The second round focuses on four areas: outpatient and/or post-acute settings, populations with specialized needs, specific types of providers and suppliers, and improving the health of populations.  Persons requiring long-term support and services are included in the populations with specialized needs area. Eligible applicants include: provider groups, health systems, community collaboratives, community-based organizations, payers and other private sector organizations, faith-based organizations, states, local governments, public-private partnerships and for-profit organizations. Details are available on the CMS website.

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