The New York State Health Innovation Plan

In December 2014, the New York State Department of Health was awarded a $99.9 million Round Two Model Test Award State Innovation Models (SIM) grant by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) to implement the State Health Innovation Plan (hereafter "the Plan"). New York developed the Plan and the SIM grant application with the support of numerous stakeholders. The state's official project period of the grant begins February 1, 2015 and will continue for four years. New York was one of eleven states to receive a Round Two Model Test Award.

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Goals of the Plan and SIM

The intent and goal of the Plan is to identify and stimulate the spread of promising innovations in health care delivery and finance that result in optimal health outcomes for all New Yorkers. Multi-payer support of these initiatives is key to long-term success, as is the input and recommendations of key stakeholders throughout the state.

The Plan will pave the way for the state to support innovations in health care delivery, to implement strategies to spread those innovations more broadly throughout New York. The Plan was the basis for an application for funding from CMMI that provided approximately $99.9 million in support of proposed initiatives through SIM. A summary of New York's application can be found here.

Background of New York's Participation in the CMMI State Innovation Model Initiative

In September 2012, New York State applied for a Model Testing Grant through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). The application included the creation of a State Health Innovation Plan that included six models of care that would be tested in New York State. New York was initially awarded a Model Pre-Testing Assistance Award to refine and further develop New York's Plan. New York conducted significant outreach and convened stakeholders to further refine its approach to transforming health care in the state in preparation for implementing the goals of the SHIP.

In July 2014, the state successfully applied for funding to implement the Plan through the CMMI State Innovations Model Initiative: Round Two. The performance period under the Round Two Testing awards runs from February 1, 2015 through January 31, 2019.

Additional Information about the Innovation Center and State Innovation Models Initiative

The Innovation Center created the State Innovation Models (SIM) initiative for states that are prepared for or committed to planning, designing, testing, and supporting evaluation of new payment and service delivery models in the context of larger health system transformation. The Innovation Center is interested in testing innovative payment and service delivery models that have the potential to lower costs for Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), while maintaining or improving quality of care for program beneficiaries. The goal is to create multi-payer models with a broad mission to raise community health status and reduce long term health risks for beneficiaries of Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

More information about the Innovation Center and the State Innovation Models Initiative can be found at http://innovation.cms.gov.