The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has launched online tools and resources to help states in the State Innovation Models initiative improve care and lower costs.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services funds the State Innovation Models initiative, which supports states in planning and implementing statewide health transformation focusing on Medicare, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance Program beneficiaries. To date, 34 states, three territories and the District of Columbia have received $665 million in awards under the initiative.

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Many of new tools and resources will also be available to states that are not participating in the State Innovation Models initiative.

“These online resources are part of an overall effort to advance of goals of better care, smarter spending, and, ultimately, healthier people,” said National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo, M.D., in a written statement. “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.”

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