State Innovation Models (SIM) Initiative: SHIP - Idaho Overview
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 the 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). Forty-four 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. See the newsletters at right for more detail about how the planning process was achieved.
On July 18, 2014, IDHW submitted to CMMI a Model Testing grant proposal and application, which is posted at the top of this page. Through the proposal, Idaho asked for over $60 million to implement the SHIP over a four-year period. CMMI plans to make awards to 12 states to implement innovation plans. The funding amounts will be between $20 and $100 million per state. CMMI plans to announce the awards by October 31, 2014.