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AAMC Named Recipient of CMMI Health Care Innovation Award

May 30, 2014—The AAMC was recently named one of 12 prospective recipients for the Health Care Innovation Awards Round Two from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). Through this program, the CMS Innovation Center will be funding up to $1 billion in grants to applicants who will implement new ideas for delivering better health, improved care, and lower costs for people enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The 12 prospective recipients will receive a combined $110 million in funding over a three-year period. The second and final batch for the Round Two awards will be announced in the coming months.

The AAMC Innovation Award project will help five of the nation’s academic medical centers improve communication and coordination between primary care and specialty physicians. With support from the AAMC, each partner site will implement an electronic consultation and referral platform that is integrated into the patient’s electronic health record to facilitate timely and effective contact between physicians. The platform, developed at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), has been shown to significantly improve quality of care through better coordination and timely access to specialty input, while reducing the costs of care by fewer referrals and reduced fragmentation of care.


Scott Shipman, MD, MPH
Director of Primary Care Affairs and Workforce
Telephone: 202-828-0979

Meaghan Quinn, MHSA
CORE Program Manager, Health Care Affairs
Telephone: 202-828-0513


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