November 16, 2011

November 16, 2011
Health Care Innovation
Challenge Informational Webinar

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Wednesday and we have almost made it through the middle of another work week. Hope you are having a safe and great week so far. It is another busy week for Dab the AIDS Bear and me.

Now there is an upcoming webinar addressing Health Care Innovation Challenge Informational Webinar which I encourage all of you to tune in to hear and/or watch.

CMS Innovation Center staff will be hosting an informational webinar on the Health Care Innovation Challenge for all interested individuals and organizations on Thursday, November 17, 2011 from 2:00 - 3:30pm ET. Staff will provide an overview of the initiative and be available to answer questions from the audience.

Please visit the webinar site to join. No advance registration is required.

Participants wishing to only listen to audio may dial 888-567-1602 or 201-604-5049 and request "Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation Webcast" (no passcode). Reminder, participants will only be able to ask questions via chat feature online.

A recording will be available following the webinar.

Health Care Innovation Challenge

The Health Care Innovation Challenge will award up $1 billion in grants to applicants who will implement the most compelling new ideas to deliver better health, improved care and lower costs to people enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP, particularly those with the highest health care needs.

The objectives of this initiative are to:

* Engage a broad set of innovation partners to identify and test new care delivery and payment models that originate in the field and that produce better care, better health, and reduced cost through improvement for identified target populations.

* Identify new models of workforce development and deployment and related training and education that support new models either directly or through new infrastructure activities.

* Support innovators who can rapidly deploy care improvement models (within six months of award) through new ventures or expansion of existing efforts to new populations of patients, in conjunction (where possible) with other public and private sector partners.

Awards will range from approximately $1 million to $30 million for a three-year period. Applications are open to providers, payers, local government, public-private partnerships and multi-payer collaboratives. Each grantee project will be monitored for measurable improvements in quality of care and savings generated.

The Health Care Innovation Challenge will encourage applicants to include new models of workforce development and deployment that efficiently support their service delivery model proposal. Enhanced infrastructure to support more cost effective system-wide function is also a critical component of health care system transformation, and applicants are encouraged to include this as an element of their proposals.

The webinar should provide some great useful information.

Hope you have a great Hump Day!

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab