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Wanted: Better outcomes, lower costs for high-need, high-cost populations

The deadline for entry to the 2018 AHA Innovation Challenge has passed. We are currently evaluating proposals. Winners will be announced at the AHA Leadership Summit in San Diego July 27.


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The American Hospital Association (AHA) is excited to announce the launch of the 2018 Innovation Challenge to source and spread new ideas and novel approaches for integrated care delivery and financing models designed for specific high-need, high-cost populations.


Teams from institutional members of the AHA are invited to submit, by May 24, proposals for novel approaches to drive better health outcomes, improve the care experience and reduce the total cost of care. A team of AHA staff will determine the top 10 proposals during the initial judging period. These 10 finalists will then be evaluated by a panel of AHA-member judges and sponsors. Multiple teams from the same organization are welcome to submit unique models for a variety of specific populations. Three awards, including a top $100,000 award, and $25,000 and $15,000 awards, will be presented at the AHA Leadership Summit in San Diego this July.


Innovation challenge proposals must be original works and must provide clear rationales for why a new integrated care delivery and financing model designed for a specific high-need, high-cost population would improve outcomes and the health care experience, and lower the total cost of care. In addition, proposals must include novel care re-design and financing approaches and strategies and innovations that creatively apply technology and data analytics.

This is an excellent opportunity to explore creative ways to integrate care delivery and financing for populations with complex needs. Teams from institutional members of the AHA are encouraged to garner support from stakeholders who also wish to drive better health outcomes, improve the care experience and reduce the total cost of care. AHA is encouraging collaborative dialogue among teams as they pursue care and financing approaches.

For complete Challenge rules or to submit a proposal, please visit innovationchallenge.aha.org and request an invitation to join the Challenge website. In the meantime, please visit ahainnovation.org for details on other AHA Innovation initiatives.


The 2018 AHA Innovation Challenge is generously sponsored by

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