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November 15th, 2011
Grijalva Encourages Applications for Health Care Innovation Challenge – Awards Offered Up to $30 Million for Health Improvements

Washington, D.C.– Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva today highlighted newly available funds through the Health Care Innovation Challenge from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a part of the Department of Health and Human Services. The Challenge, funded through the Affordable Care Act, will award a total of up to $1 billion nationwide to applicants around the country who want to research better cost-cutting, patient care and other health care professional practices.

According to CMS, applicants can include health care providers, faith-based organizations, local governments, public-private partnerships and multi-payer collaboratives.  Each approved project – with funding ranging from $1 million to a maximum of $30 million over a three-year period – will be monitored for measurable improvements in quality of care and savings generated.

Entities interested in applying should be aware of the following dates:

  • Letter of Intent due December 19, 2011 – visit for more information on submitting
  • Applications due January 27, 2012
  • Anticipated award date is March 30, 2012

CMS Innovation Center staff will host an informational webinar on the Health Care Innovation Challenge on Thursday, Nov. 17, from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Eastern time. Staff will provide an overview of the initiative and be available to answer questions from the audience. Please visit the webinar site at to learn more. You can also learn more about the new program from a recent Washington Post interview with CMS head Don Berwick at

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