Monday, June 2, 2014

CMS Announces HCIA Program

Mike Cheek

The US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center announced the first batch of prospective recipients for the Health Care Innovation Awards (HCIA) Round Two on May 22, 2014. Twelve prospective recipients could receive as much as $110 million in combined funding, ranging from an expected $2 million to $18 million over a three-year period.

Round two focuses on four other priority areas including rapidly reducing costs for patients with Medicare and Medicaid; improving care for populations with specialized needs; testing improved financial and clinical models for specific types of providers; and linking clinical care delivery to preventative and population health.  The second and final batch for round two will be announced in the coming months.

To obtain more information on the HCIA program go to http://innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/Health-Care-Innovation-Awards/Round-2.html or review the HHS fact sheet at http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2014pres/05/20140522a.html.

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