On November 14, 2011, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid
Innovation (CMMI) released an announcement for "Healthcare
Innovation Challenge" grants that could total up to $1
billion. A second round of CMMI grants totaling $1 billion
was announced a year later. Clearly, CMS, SAMHSA, and the White
House are serious about transforming our healthcare system. Besides
these Challenge grants, the federal government and state
governments are awarding many different grants which are designed
to spur innovation and the implementation of best practices. Key
among them: integrating behavioral health services into primary
care and adding non-traditional services (e.g., health navigation)
to both primary care and behavioral health specialty care.
Even large, sophisticated healthcare organizations and systems
are going to be challenged by the scope and complexities of meeting
the requirements of a Challenge Grant or any number of other grant
opportunities. In some states, providers and managed care
organizations have been mandated to make these changes - with or
without grant funding. Rural organizations are going to be
particularly hard-pressed to meet the workforce development
requirements of healthcare transformation.
IBHI has developed a wide range of services which are designed
to assist healthcare organizations to meet these challenges.