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First Innovation Awards Announced

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the first batch of organizations for Health Care Innovation Awards.  Made possible by the Affordable Care Act – the awards support 26 innovative projects nationwide that will save money, deliver high quality medical care and enhance the health care workforce.

Last November, the CMS Innovation Center issued a $1 billion challenge to the country asking innovators to send us the most compelling new ideas that deliver better care and better health at lower costs to people enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), particularly those with the highest health care needs.  Through this initiative, now called the Health Care Innovation Awards, the CMS Innovation Center received thousands of applications, representing over ten thousand organizations spanning every State and U.S. territory.  Today’s announcement is awarding the first batch of projects to be made under the Health Care Innovation Awards.  The CMS Innovation Center anticipates making its next announcement of awards in early June.

To learn more about the 26 projects, read the Health Care Innovation Awards project profiles.

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