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AAMC Members Receive Health Care Innovation Awards

May 11, 2012—The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) May 8 announced the initial awardees for CMMI’s Health Care Innovation Award [see Washington Highlights, Nov. 18, 2011].  Of the 26 organizations that won awards, 13 are AAMC members.  CMMI is expected to announce a second round of awardees in early June.

In a May 8 statement, AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., applauded the announcement, saying, “We are gratified to see so many academic medical centers named as HHS Health Care Innovation awardees in the first round of this important program. The work being done at these institutions reflects the ways that medical schools and teaching hospitals are improving the health of the nation and training the next generation of health professionals to provide the most effective, efficient care.”

The preliminary 26 awards are expected to reduce health spending by $254 million over the next three years.  The innovative projects at AAMC-member awardees will result in estimated savings of $121 million over three years, create new jobs, and retrain more than 3,500 health care workers with the skills needed to practice in a changing health system.

AAMC members receiving the Health Care Innovation Awards are Beth Israel Deaconess, Cooper University Hospital, Duke University, Emory University, George Washington University, Ochsner Clinic Foundation, Regents of the University of California, Los Angeles, University of Chicago, University Emergency Medical Services (University of Buffalo), University Hospitals of Cleveland, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island.


Jane Eilbacher
Policy and Regulatory Specialist
Telephone: 202-828-0896


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