Driving Innovation in Care Delivery to Improve Outcomes and Reduce Costs

Evaluating what really works

Organizations across many industries in the United States are focused on innovation and advancement, and many of them invest significant resources to driving their innovation agenda. Health care is one of those industries that is constantly looking for the next idea that will help to improve the way in which care is delivered.

Over the last several years, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation has spent $2 billion to fund and evaluate innovative health care models aimed at delivering better health, improving care, and lowering costs to people enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance Programs, by focusing on populations with the highest health care needs. This program—known as the Health Care Innovation Awards—focused on innovations in care coordination, care management, home care, telemedicine, and other aspects of service delivery or payment with the shared goal of improving outcomes and reducing costs.

RTI experts evaluated these innovations across several years, using a rigorous and objective method to identify health care payment and service delivery models that lower total costs of care while maintaining or improving the quality of beneficiary care. Our insights on health innovation, including what works and what does not work in this space, are well informed by our experience in evaluating innovative efforts that span across the multiple health settings that exist throughout the United States. We are well equipped to provide significant strategic and operational guidance to health care providers and payers that seek to extend the benefits of health care innovations as a way to improve care and reduce costs across the country.