The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced the first batch of the second round of Health Care Innovation Awards, totaling up to $110 million. Unlike the first round with an open invitation for proposals, applicant organizations had to submit proposals that addressed the following specific innovations:

+ 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, prevention (for example, a diabetes prevention program or a hypertension prevention program), wellness, and comprehensive care that extend beyond the clinical service delivery setting.

The following 12 organizations received the first batch of these awards (a second and final batch will be announced later):

+ Altarum Institute

+ American College Of Cardiology Foundation

+ Association Of American Medical Colleges

+ Avera Health

+ Children’s Home Society Of Florida

+ Clifford W. Beers Guidance Clinic, Inc.

+ Four Seasons Compassion For Life

+ Icahn School Of Medicine At Mount Sinai

+ New York City Health And Hospitals Corporation

+ North Shore LIJ Health System, Inc.

+ Regents Of the University Of California San Francisco

+ Regents Of The University Of Michigan

Profiles of each of the awards are here:

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