Only Two Weeks Left to Become Innovation Advisor

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is accepting applications for a new Innovation Advisors Program that aims to improve patient care while reducing costs by strengthening health professionals’ skills. This initiative is one of several efforts made possible by the Affordable Care Act. Those who will benefit are enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

According to a CMS press release issued Oct. 17, “Under the new program, there will be up to 200 Innovation Advisors, including clinicians, allied health professionals, health administrators and others. They will attend in-person meetings as well as remote sessions to expand their skills and knowledge, and apply what they learn in their organizations and areas.

“After an initial, intensive orientation phase, Innovation Advisors will work with the Innovation Center to test new models of care delivery in their own organizations and communities. They will also create partnerships to find new ideas that work and share them regionally and across the United States.”

Applications for the Innovation Advisors Program are due Nov. 15, 2011. Innovation Advisors will be notified of CMS’ selection by mid-December 2011.

For more information, including a fact sheet, frequently asked questions, application, and terms and conditions, go to the CMS Innovation Center.

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