Innovation advisers named by CMS to further develop healthcare reform

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Officials from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced the names of 73 advisers who will support the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMI), reports Information Week.

The CMI has been an important part of the Obama Administration’s healthcare reform proposals since its opening last year. The 73 advisers were selected from a pool of 920 applicants, and will aid the CMI in the testing and development of new healthcare IT projects and general initiatives that could be expanded on a national basis.

Technology is expected to play a pivotal role in many of the projects developed by the innovation advisers and the CMI. One of the initiatives currently being developed is the adoption of medical informatics systems throughout Hennepin County in Minnesota.

“[The innovation advisers program] is an opportunity to share experiences,” Jennifer DeCubellis, area director for the Hennepin County human services and public health department in Minneapolis, told the news source. “One of the key elements is technology. The idea is the patient shouldn’t have to repeat services and shouldn’t have to be responsible for transporting their own records.”

According to the CMI’s website, the innovation advisers were chosen for their skills in a variety of subject areas. Advisers named as innovation fellows by the CMS include experts in the economics and finance of healthcare operations, operations research and systems analysis. The 73 advisers will undertake regular weekly professional development seminars and workshops, and will develop new healthcare IT and practice projects based on their initial research.

Primary goals of the projects include the general improvement of healthcare, reductions in operational costs, development of new care models and increased participation and collaboration between healthcare agencies across the country.