The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center is preparing to distribute $1 billion in grants for projects designed to improve care and lower costs for federal health programs, according to CMS officials.
CMS officials are soliciting ideas that can “deliver sustainable net savings” within three years, according to a fact sheet about the awards. Almost any kind of group can apply, including providers, health systems, companies, faith-based organizations, payers, state or local governments, and for-profit corporations. Letters of intent for this latest fund are due June 28, and applications are due August 15. CMS officials expect to announce the winners near the end of the year or early next year.
The new awards that CMS will provide must fall into one of four categories designed to:
- Rapidly reduce Medicare, Medicaid, and/or CHIP costs in outpatient and/or post-acute settings. The center designated several outpatient settings that would be priorities, including diagnostic services, outpatient radiology, high-cost physician-administered drugs, home-based services, therapeutic services, and post-acute care.
- Improve care for populations with specialized needs, such as foster children, high-cost pediatric patients, teens in crisis, Alzheimer’s patients, people with HIV/AIDS, people needing long-term care services, and those with behavioral health needs.
- Test approaches for specific types of providers, such as oncologists or cardiologists, to change their financial and clinical models.
- Improve the health of populations, such as through prevention. Applicants could narrow their proposals to groups defined geographically, clinically (to improve the health of those with certain diseases), or by socioeconomic class.
Letters of Intent to Apply: CMS will accept letters of intent from June 1 to June 28, 2013, 3 p.m. EDT.
Application: CMS will accept applications from June 14 to August 15, 2013, 3 p.m. EDT. For more details, please go to: information.