The CMS on Monday announced it is accepting applications for a new program that will train as many as 200 healthcare professionals in the first year to test and refine new models of care.
CMS invites professionals to test care models
Managed by the CMS Innovation Center, the Innovation Advisors Program is funded through last year's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and will accept clinicians, allied health professionals and healthcare administrators. The first group of advisers will begin a six-month orientation and research period in mid-December. Then these participants—called Innovation Advisors—are expected to commit up to 10 hours a week to the program, with part of that time spent on seminars and instruction. The remaining time will be devoted to implementing the program the participant proposed in his or her application.
“We seek to support and expand the number of healthcare leaders with the knowledge and the vision to find innovative ways to improve care for patients and use our healthcare dollars more wisely,” CMS Administrator Dr. Donald Berwick said in a news release. “The CMS Innovation Center is an ideal host for this network of experts. It will support their work on efforts that can strengthen public-private partnerships and ensure patients can spend more time with their doctor and get higher-quality care and lower costs.”
Applications for the program are due Nov. 15.
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