Innovation Advisors Selected to Test New Care Delivery Models

In October 2011, the CMS Innovation Center launched an Affordable Care Act-funded Innovation Advisors Program aimed at helping health professionals develop skills to improve patient care and reduce costs. From 920 applications, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) selected 73 individuals from 27 states as advisors for its Innovation Advisors program.

According to a CMS press release, “The 73 individuals were selected from 920 applications through a competitive process, and include clinicians, allied health professionals, health administrators and others.” After an initial orientation phase, the “Innovation Advisors will work with the CMS 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.”

The number of applicants was indicative as to how many providers are interested in taking part in the program. “It’s clear that doctors, hospitals, and health care providers are enthusiastic about implementing the Affordable Care Act and strengthening our health care system,” said CMS Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner.

Each Innovation Advisor will receive a stipend of up to $20,000 to support his or her home organization’s activities while serving as an Innovation Advisor.

Go to the CMS Innovation website for more information about the Innovation Advisors Program, which includes a fact sheet and a list of the selected advisors.


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