State of Michigan receives SIM grant

At the end of 2014, a $70 million four-year grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMS) was awarded to the State of Michigan to implement Michigan’s State Innovation Model (SIM), called the Blueprint for Health Innovation. Michigan’s SIM built on successful healthcare innovations related to patient-centered medical homes and organized systems of accountable health care delivery. To further coordinate and integrate activities in geographically-bound regions, the Michigan SIM would use the collective impact model to align community and clinical partners toward the goals of expanding access to primary care, improving care across settings for individuals requiring intensive support services, building capacity in communities to improve population health, and containing costs.

Earlier, at the June Steering Committee meeting, the WHI had its first discussion of what the SIM could mean for the State of Michigan, and locally in Washtenaw County.