What is this new project?
In April 2013, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Innovation Center (CMMI) awarded Idaho up to three million dollars to develop a Statewide Healthcare Innovation Plan (SHIP) (click on “New” above to read the SHIP). The SHIP grant was sponsored by Governor Otter, and managed by Idaho department of Health and Welfare. A competitive process was used to hire a consulting company to facilitate the planning process and help develop the Idaho SHIP. The consultant, Mercer Health and Benefits, has expertise in stakeholder-driven planning projects and large system transformation.
See the SHIP Video for an excellent 8-minute overview of the SHIP.
What is the SHIP?
The SHIP is the blueprint that will be used to re-design Idaho’s healthcare delivery and payment system to a new model. The main goal is to transform the system from a fee-for-service, volume-based system to a value-based model driven by improved health outcomes.
How was SHIP developed?
The SHIP was built on Idaho’s current successes and strengths. A statewide assessment of Idaho’s current healthcare delivery and payment system was done. It showed where existing programs and initiatives could be built up to improve the current system. Based on this work, the SHIP describes how the healthcare system will be transformed. The planning process depended on a steering committee and four work groups to make the recommendations and policy design decisions that make up the SHIP.
Who provided input for the SHIP?
The Mercer staff sought input for the SHIP from healthcare system participants throughout the state (healthcare professionals, other service providers and consumers). At least 56 focus groups and five “Townhall” meetings were held across the state. For more information about the outreach efforts, see the newsletters and schedule of meetings on this site.
Where can I find the most recent information about the project?
This site will be updated periodically with the most recent information. The SHIP itself is posted at the top of this page.
When did the project start and when will it end?
The planning process started on June 6, 2013 with a project kick-off event. The event was attended by more than 90 stakeholders from across the state. The final SHIP was delivered to CMMI on December 26, 2013.
Now that the SHIP grant has ended, the steering committee continues to meet to refine some parts of the SHIP based on feedback from CMMI, and to facilitate the development of a Model Testing grant proposal (MTP). Through the MTP, Idaho will ask for about 45 million dollars to implement the SHIP over a five-year period. CMMI plans to announce the competitive grant opportunity at the end of January, and will provide guidance for submitting the application. The SHIP will be submitted along with the MTP as Idaho’s blueprint for innovation.