CMS Picks 73 for Innovation Advisors Program

The advisers come from 27 states and Washington, D.C. and compose a group that includes clinicians, allied health professionals and health administrators. They will participate in an orientation program and then work with the CMS Innovation Center to test new care models aimed at improving quality and lowering costs. They're also expected to create partnerships to develop new ideas and then share those ideas regionally and nationwide.

Representatives from Providence Health & Services, SSM Healthcare in Wisconsin, and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center were among those chosen.

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Sources: Kaiser Health News; Modern Healthcare; CMS

Selecting from a pool of more than 900 applications, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has chosen 73 healthcare professionals for the agency's Innovation Advisors Program, an initiative in which trained leaders will test new delivery models in their organizations and communities.