Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation: Where Innovation is Happening

The Innovation Center was established by section 1115A of the Social Security Act (as added by section 3021 of the Affordable Care Act). Congress created the Innovation Center for the purpose of testing “innovative payment and service delivery models to reduce program expenditures …while preserving or enhancing the quality of care” for those individuals who receive Medicare, Medicaid, or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) benefits. The Innovation Center is currently focused on the following priorities:

  • Testing new payment and service delivery models
  • Evaluating results and advancing best practices
  • Engaging a broad range of stakeholders to develop additional models for testing

Testing New Payment and Service Delivery Models

The Innovation Center solicits and selects organizations to participate in model tests through open, competitive processes. Some of these models are designed to test improvements in care delivery and payment. Others are designed to confirm findings from previous tests to help monitor the effectiveness of Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP. These activities are funded by specific statutory authorities and are conducted by the Innovation Center. The findings will inform possible changes in health care payment and policy, as well as the development and testing of new models when necessary or appropriate.

Where Innovation is Happening

This map shows the Innovation Models run at the State level as well as the health care facilities where Innovation Models are being tested. In the default view of this map, all States and health care facilities of all Models are displayed.


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