CMS Seeks Innovation Advisors

Monday, October 24th, 2011
This post was written by Cheryl Miller

CMS has rolled out a lot of solid initiatives this year; now the latest, the Innovation Advisors program.

The CMS Innovation Center is looking to recruit up to 200 healthcare professionals, including clinicians, allied health professionals and health administrators, to test and refine new models of healthcare delivery for Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP beneficiaries. Program officials hope to deepen skills that will drive improvements to patient care and reduce costs. 

Those who are selected for the program will have to commit up to 10 hours a week for the first six months of the program attending on site and remote sessions to expand their skills and knowledge. The rest of the year-long program will be spent implementing what they learned in their organizations and communities.

Participants will be asked to:

  • Support the Innovation Center in testing new models of care delivery.
  • Utilize their knowledge and skills in their home organization or area in pursuit of the three-part aim of improving health, improving care, and lowering costs through continuous improvement.
  • Work with other local organizations or groups in driving delivery system reform.
  • Develop new ideas or innovations for possible testing of diffusion by the Innovation Center.
  • Build durable skill in system improvement throughout their area or region.
  • This initiative is just one of a number of efforts proposed by CMS this year; to date, more than 5,000 organizations have joined the Partnership for Patients and pledged to reduce hospital-acquired conditions and improve transitions in care.  The Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative will give providers flexibility to work together to coordinate care for patients over the course of a single episode of an illness.  The Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative will allow CMS and other payers, such as employer-based health plans, to align strategies designed to strengthen primary care services delivered to Medicare beneficiaries.

    Applications for the Innovation Advisors program are due on November 15, 2011.  Applications will be reviewed and Innovation Advisors will be notified of their selection by mid-December 2011. 

    More information, including a fact sheet, frequently asked questions, application and terms and conditions can be found here.

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