The federal government will award up to $1 billion in grants over three years for innovative programs to improve care while lowering costs to "high-need" patients enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP.

Awards under the Health Care Innovation Challenge announced on Nov. 14 will range from about $1 million to $30 million over three years. The program is open to providers, payers, local governments, public-private partnerships and multi-payer collaborations.

CMS does not intend for the program to duplicate existing efforts, such as a medical home program, unless the proposed programs go "far beyond" the scope of existing efforts.

Applicants are being encouraged to include enhanced infrastructures, which could include information technologies, as a component of their proposals.

More information on deadlines and a Web seminar on Nov. 17 are available here.


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