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CMS Announces Funding Opportunity for Round Two of the Health Care Innovation Awards

Posted on 5/15/2013 by NTOCC ®

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today released a Funding Opportunity Announcement for round two of the Health Care Innovation Awards. Under this announcement, up to $1 billion dollars will be awarded to applicants from across the country who propose new payment and service delivery models that will deliver better care and lower costs for Medicare, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) enrollees. Funded by the Affordable Care Act and administered by the CMS Innovation Center, the second round of the Health Care Innovation Awards will support public and private organizations in four defined areas that have a high likelihood of driving health care system transformation and delivering better outcomes for Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP beneficiaries.

The first round of Health Care Innovation Awards, announced in November 2011, was a broad solicitation in which the CMS Innovation Center welcomed a wide range of proposals.  In this second round, CMS is specifically seeking new models in the following four categories:

·         Models that are designed to rapidly reduce Medicare, Medicaid, and/or CHIP costs in outpatient and/or post-acute settings. 

·         Models that improve care for populations with specialized needs. 

·         Models that test approaches for specific types of providers to transform their financial and clinical models. 

·         Models that improve the health of populations – defined geographically (health of a community), clinically (health of those with specific diseases), or by socioeconomic class – through activities focused on engaging beneficiaries, and prevention (for example, prevention of diabetes, hypertension, and obesity), wellness, and comprehensive care that extend beyond the clinical service delivery setting. 

All applications must be submitted electronically through  Applicants are strongly encouraged to use the review criteria information provided in the “Application Review Information” section in the Funding Opportunity Announcement, to help ensure that the proposal adequately addresses all the criteria that will be used in evaluating the proposals. Letters of Intent to apply are due by  June 28, 2013 by 3:00pm ET. For more information regarding application requirements and further deadlines, please click here.