CMS Awards 16 Partnership-Driven Special Innovation Projects to 10 QIN-QIOs

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) QIO Program has awarded 16 two-year Special Innovation Projects (SIPs) to 10 regional Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs).

With a combined value of just under $10 million, the SIPs are quality improvement projects that align with the goals of the CMS Quality Strategy and emphasize the power of partnerships. QIN-QIOs were eligible to submit proposals for two types of SIPs in FY 2015:

The first addresses issues of quality occurring within the QIN-QIOs’ local service area (“Innovations that Advance Local Efforts for Better Care at Lower Cost”); The second focuses on expanding the scope and national impact of quality improvement interventions that have had proven but limited success (“Interventions that are Ripe for Spread and Scalability”). For the second type of SIP, QIN-QIOs were encouraged to propose interventions intended to reduce mortality, harm, health care disparities and costs; provide higher return on investment; link value with quality; and encourage utilization of alternative payment models by providers.

CMS sought proposals with scientific rigor, a strong analytic framework and a reasonable, proposed intervention based on the supporting evidence provided. Additionally, CMS looked for evidence of QIN-QIO partnerships at the community, regional and national levels, and direct links to the CMS Quality Strategy goals, among other criteria.

Below is a chart showing the QIN-QIOs that were awarded SIP contracts, as well as their proposal titles.