Health Care Innovation Challenge: Update

Inundated by Applications, HHS Delays Announcing Winners

After receiving approximately three thousand applications, the CMS Innovation Center, a division of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has stated it will delay announcing the winners for the first round of the Health Care Innovation Challenge funding until the unexpectedly large number of applications it received can be reviewed and processed.

“As we continue to process and review these proposals, we recognize that a diligent and thorough process means that final determinations of awards will not be possible by March 30, 2012, as stated in the Funding Opportunity Announcement. Therefore, the anticipated award date for this opportunity will be delayed by several weeks.”

— CMS Web Update, March 26, 2012

The update notes that the applications that were received represent the efforts of “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.”

The awards for the Challenge are for $1 million to $30 million over a period of 3 years. HHS will monitor projects that receive awards to ensure measurable quality improvements and savings are achieved.

Read the full announcement and update about the Health Care Innovation Challenge at

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