A new initiative from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Health Care Innovation Challenge, will award up to $1 billion dollars in grant funding to organizations that develop and test new ways to deliver high-quality and money-saving care, with preference for projects that target individuals with the highest health care needs and that can deploy health care workers within the next six months.
A free webinar (
click here) that explains the grant program and its application and eligibility requirements is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. EST.
The idea behind the program, says HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is to “jump start” the implementation of efforts that can benefit people enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, particularly those with the highest health care needs.
“When I visit communities across the country, I continually see innovative solutions at the very ground level – a large health system working with community partners to decrease the risk of diabetes with nutrition programs or a church group that sends volunteers to help home-bound seniors so they can live at home,” said Donald M. Berwick, MD, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
“By putting more programs like this in place and more “boots on the ground,” these types of programs can truly transform our health care system.”
Awards will be expected to range from approximately $1 million to $30 million over three years. Applications are open to providers, payers, local government, community-based organizations and particularly to public-private partnerships and multi-payer approaches. Each grantee project will be evaluated and monitored for measurable improvements in quality of care and savings generated.