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First Round of Health Care Innovation Awards Announced

The first organizations to receive Health Care Innovation awards were announced on May 8. The awards are made possible by the Affordable Care Act and will support 26 innovative projects across the U.S.

The criteria for selection included projects’ ability to save money, deliver high quality medical care, and enhance the health care workforce.

View all the preliminary award recipients as a list or as an interactive database.

We can’t wait to support innovative projects that will save money and make our health care system stronger. It’s yet another way we are supporting local communities now in their efforts to provide better care and lower cost.”

— Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary, Health and Human Services (HHS)

Over the next 3 years, the combined savings from the preliminary awardees announced yesterday are expected to reduce health spending by $254 million. The next round of preliminary award recipients is slated for announcement in early June.

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Learn more at http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2012pres/05/20120508a.html

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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 http://www.innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/Innovation-Challenge/index.html

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Public Sector Highlight: Health Care Innovation Challenge

The Health Care Innovation Challenge, which was launched in November by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approaches its second major milestone later this month. The applications are due January 27, 2012 and the winners are scheduled to be announced by March 30.

Not much attention has been focused on  this innovative initiative. Hopefully, articles such as this one will help spread the news. The Challenge is, indeed, to quote the article’s author:

…one of the most interesting and exciting attempts to move the health care ball forward that we have seen in decades.”

— Dr. Ramon Barquin, President of consulting firm Barquin International

The November 14, 2011 press release is here: http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2011pres/11/20111114a.html

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