SIM States Gather for National Conference
On April 21-23, the National Governors Association convened all SIM states, currently more than half of all states. A panel of Federal leaders discussed the current momentum to move away from fee-for-service and into value-based payment. Vikki Wachino, of the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, reinforced that "alignment is critically important" among Medicare, Medicaid, state employee plans, and commercial payers with an "all oars in the water approach." However, alignment does not mean uniformity and states need to develop their vision of a desired end goal and work with CMS to get there. She urged participants to think "What are you doing at the end of the day for consumers?"
Sessions and panel discussions covered the topics of population health, behavioral health integration, health IT, and barriers and strengths of other SIM states. To learn more about the conference and read other related news, please click here
. SIM Model Test Grant Awarded
The State of Connecticut was one of 11 states selected to receive State Innovation Model Test Grant Awards. Connecticut will receive up to $45 million to implement a number of initiatives designed to improve population health, strengthen primary care, promote value-based payment and insurance design, and obtain multi-payer alignment on quality, health equity, and care experience measures. Click here
to read the news release from Governor Malloy and Lt. Governor Wyman. You can view award materials here
Hear what Steering Committee member and Connecticut Health Foundation President Patricia Baker has to say about what this award will mean for the State of Connecticut: