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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has selected 73 health professionals from 27 states as innovation advisors to help them deepen their skills to drive improvements in patient care and to lower costs.
The program is designed to engage with professionals already working in health systems to train a network of experts to apply skills, such as healthcare finance, systems analysis and operations research, needed to drive delivery system reform for Medicare, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program beneficiaries.
The selected clinicians, allied health professionals and health administrators will work with the CMS Innovation Center to test and refine new models of care delivery in their own organizations and communities, according to a Jan. 3 CMS announcement.
Innovation advisors will also create partnerships to find new ideas that work and share them regionally and across the country. The agency launched the program, which was called for by the Affordable Care Act, in October. The 73 innovation advisors were selected from 920 applications through a competitive process.
By attending in-person meetings as well as remote sessions to expand their skills and applying what they learn, the advisors will be able to deepen their knowledge in health care economics and finance, population health, systems analysis, and operations research, said Dr. Rick Gilfillan, director of the CMS Innovation Center.
“We’re looking to these innovation advisors to be our partners—we want them to discover and generate new ideas that will work and help us bring them to every corner of the United States,” he said in the announcement.
Among their duties, the advisors will be expect to improve their own health systems so their communities will have better health and better care at a lower cost.
Each innovation advisor’s home organization will receive a stipend of up to $20,000, which will support an individual’s advisor activities. The advisors are expected to commit up to 10 hours weekly during the initial six-month period, and thereafter depending on an individual’s proposed work plan, CMS said.