The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology announced a State Innovation Models initiative that provides tools to improve healthcare quality and lower its costs.
The initiative supports states in planning or implementing proposals to create statewide health transformation to improve healthcare. The focus is on Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP beneficiaries. The new initiative, supported by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ effort to achieve better care, smarter spending of health dollars and healthier people.
“The CMS Innovation Center created the State Innovation Models initiative for states/entities that are prepared for or committed to planning, designing, testing and supporting evaluation of new payment and service delivery models in the context of larger health system transformation,” the CMS website stated. “The Innovation Center is interested in testing innovative payment and service delivery models that have the potential to lower costs for Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program while maintaining or improving quality of care for program beneficiaries.”
Over half of the country – 34 states and three territories, plus the District of Columbia representing two-thirds of the population – is participating with the support of $665 million in awards, according to a press release.
ONC has developed tools and resources to support health IT infrastructure. Those tools include resources that can manage an individual’s care for both their primary care and behavioral health needs, ensuring the individual is getting the right care, at the right time, and at the right place. Many of these tools and resources, accessible at www.HealthIT.gov, also are available to states not participating in the initiative.
“These online resources are part of an overall effort to advance goals of better care, smarter spending, and, ultimately, healthier people,” Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, national coordinator for health IT, said in a press release. “We are focused on supporting states and partners in developing innovative ways to pay for healthcare, providing tools and resources to support change, and making more information available to consumer and patients to enable them to make the right decisions — at the right time — to improve health and care.”