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CMS Innovation Center Announces Health Care Innovation Awards

Last November, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) Innovation Center issued a $1 billion challenge to the country, asking innovators to submit 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 many applications, representing over ten thousand organizations spanning every State and U.S. Territory.

Today, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the first batch of organizations to receive Health Care Innovation awards. The awards, made possible by the Affordable Care Act, support 26 innovative projects nationwide that will save money, deliver high quality medical care, and enhance the health care workforce. 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. One of the awardees is the Regents of the University of California, who are receiving funding for the UCLA Health System to expand a new program to provide coordinated, comprehensive, patient and family-centered, and efficient care for approximately 1000 Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.

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