To advance APA’s priorities of integrated health care and workforce development, we would like to call your attention to the new Health Care Innovation Challenge
, which was recently announced by the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. This major initiative will award up to $1 billion in grants to applicants who will implement the most compelling new models to deliver “better health, improved care, and lower costs to people enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP [Children’s Health Insurance Program], particularly those with the highest health care needs.” Applicants are encouraged to include new models of workforce development and deployment that efficiently support their service delivery model proposal, along with enhanced infrastructure to support more cost-effective, system-wide functioning. Individual grant awards will range from approximately $1 million to $30 million for a three-year period. Funding will be directed to innovators who can deploy care improvement models within six months of the grant award through new or expanded efforts to serve new populations of patients, in conjunction (where possible) with other public and private sector partners. Applications are open to providers, payers, local government, public-private partnerships, and multi-payer collaboratives. Each project will be monitored for measurable improvements in quality of care and savings generated.
Potential applicants must submit a letter of intent by December 19, 2011, with applications due by January 27, 2012. The anticipated award date is March 30, 2012.
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 (PDF)