The AHA has launched its 2020 Innovation Challenge – a leading competition to accelerate health care innovation. This year’s challenge asks AHA members and their partners to help make behavioral health care more accessible and affordable. "Hospitals and health systems are a hotbed for innovative ideas for transforming health care," said Jay Bhatt, D.O., AHA senior vice president and chief medical officer. "This year’s challenge is an opportunity to combine human compassion with innovative thinking to improve behavioral health care and save lives.” The top three proposals will receive $100,000, $25,000 and $15,000, respectively, to help the innovators bring their ideas to life. Submissions are open through May 15, and the winners will be announced at July's AHA Leadership Summit. The challenge is sponsored by First American Healthcare Finance, which works with hospitals and health systems to provide capital financing solutions. Visit the Innovation Challenge webpage for more information.

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