The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Innovation Center recently announced a new program to deepen the capacity for health-care system transformation by creating a network of experts who will assist CMS in improving the delivery system for Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP beneficiaries. The new Innovation Advisors Program will inspire dedicated, skilled individuals in the health-care system to deepen several key skill sets, including health-care economics and finance; population health; systems analysis; and operations research. The Advisors will help support the Innovation Center in testing new models of care delivery; utilize their knowledge and skills in their home organization or area in pursuit of the three-part aim of improving health, improving care, and lowering costs through continuous improvement; work with other local organizations or groups in driving delivery system reform; develop new ideas or innovations for possible testing of diffusion by the Innovation Center; and build durable skill in system improvement throughout their area or region.
The Innovation Advisors Program will select and develop as many as 200 individuals from across the nation in its first year. The first group of Innovation Advisors will start their six-month intensive orientation and applied research period in December 2011. The deadline to submit applications is November 15, 2011. For more information go to http://orise.orau.gov/IAP/.
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