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Center for Medicare & Medicaid Introduces Health Care Innovation Challenge

The Health Care Innovation Challenge will award up $1 billion in grants to applicants who will implement the most compelling new ideas to deliver better health, improved care and lower costs to people enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP, particularly those with the highest health care needs.

The objectives of this initiative are to:

  • Engage a broad set of innovation partners to identify and test new care delivery and payment models that originate in the field and that produce better care, better health, and reduced cost through improvement for identified target populations.
  • Identify new models of workforce development and deployment and related training and education that support new models either directly or through new infrastructure activities.
  • Support innovators who can rapidly deploy care improvement models (within six months of award) through new ventures or expansion of existing efforts to new populations of patients, in conjunction (where possible) with other public and private sector partners.
  • Awards will range from approximately $1 million to $30 million for a three-year period.  Applications are open to providers, payers, local government, public-private partnerships and multi-payer collaboratives.  Each grantee project will be monitored for measurable improvements in quality of care and savings generated.


The Health Care Innovation Challenge will encourage applicants to include new models of workforce development and deployment that efficiently support their service delivery model proposal.  Enhanced infrastructure to support more cost effective system-wide function is also a critical component of health care system transformation, and applicants are encouraged to include this as an element of their proposals.

Application Information
Potential applicants must submit a letter of intent (LOI) by December 19, 2011 in order to be eligible for a funding award. Please refer to the FOA for more information on the LOI process. When you're ready, click here to submit your LOI.

All applications must be submitted electronically through www.grants.gov.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to use the review criteria information provided in the “Application Review Information” section in the funding opportunity announcement (FOA), to help ensure that the proposal adequately addresses all the criteria that will be used in evaluating the proposals.

Note: All prime awardees must provide a Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number in order to be able to register in the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Subaward Reporting System (FSRS) as a prime award user. Further, registration with the Central Contracting Registration (CCR) at www.ccr.gov is also required in order to apply.  Please refer to the FOA for further application information.

Important Dates
Letter of Intent: December 19, 2011
Applications are due, January 27, 2012
Anticipated Award Date: March 30, 2012

Webinar Reference Materials
Health Care Innovation Challenge Webinar: November 17, 2011
Slide (PDF)   Audio (mp3)   Transcript (PDF)
For more information, please direct your questions to InnovationChallenge@cms.hhs.gov.


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To learn more about the Health Care Innovation Challenge and information about the application process please read the Funding Opportunity Announcement.

To read an overview of the Health Care Innovation Challenge, including important deadlines, please read the Fact Sheet.

To read answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions, visit the Health Care Innovation Challenge Frequently Asked Questions page.

To submit your Letter of Intent to Apply to the Health Care Innovation Challenge, visit the LOI page.

 



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