HHS Announces State Innovation Model Grants

On December 16, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced the awarding of more than $665 million in grants to design and test state-led efforts to improve health care quality, accessibility, and affordability. The agency is awarding 28 states, three territories and the District of Columbia to support local experiments in improving health care.

The funding is the second round of grants coming from CMS’s State Innovation Models initiative which has provided funds in 34 states, 3 territories, and the District of Columbia.

"We are committed to partnering with states to advance the goals we all share: better care, smarter spending, and, ultimately, healthier people,” said Secretary Burwell. "We're seeing states do some very innovative things when it comes to improving the ways we deliver care, pay providers, and distribute information. These funds will support states in integrating and coordinating the many elements of health care – including Medicaid, Medicare, public health, and private health care delivery systems – to the benefit of patients, businesses, and taxpayers alike."

As an example, part of the $100 million New York will receive will go toward better health IT, “including greatly enhanced capacities to exchange clinical data and an all-payer database.” Overall, the state is looking to create a stronger, more integrated primary care workforce and delivery system.

In addition, Colorado will receive up to $65 million over four years to integrate physical and behavioral health care in primary care and community mental health center. Part of the funding will expand IT efforts including telehealth. The funding will also assist in integrating public health, behavioral health and primary care sectors.

Data analytics is a factor in the plans for Michigan and Iowa.

For more information on the awards announced, go to: http://innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/State-Innovations/.

To learn more about other innovative models being tested by the CMS Innovation Center, visit: innovation.cms.gov