State Innovation Models


On September 24, 2012, Iowa applied for a State Innovation Models (SIM) Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). On February 21, 2013, Iowa received notice that the application was selected for a Model Design Award to commence April 1, 2013. On Tuesday, December 16, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that Iowa was one of eleven recipients of the State Innovation Model Testing grant. The goal of this CMS Innovation Center initiative is to test whether new payment and service delivery models will produce superior results when implemented in the context of a state-sponsored State Health Care Innovation Plan. These Plans must improve health, improve health care, and lower costs for citizens through a sustainable model of multi-payer payment and delivery reform, and must be dedicated to delivering the right care at the right time in the right setting. The Innovation Center has created the SIM initiative for states that are prepared for or committed to planning, designing, testing, and supporting evaluation of new payment and service delivery models in the context of larger health system transformation.

Current Work: Phase Two Testing Grant 
Iowa was awarded a Phase Two Testing Grant in December 2014. Visit the Phase Two Testing Grant web page to learn more about the award and plans for the grant.

News and Announcements
  • State Innovation Models (SIM) Conference: The Iowa Healthcare Collaborative (IHC) will be hosting a conference on the State Innovation Models (SIM) initiative on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at the Prairie Meadows Events Center in Altoona, IA. Targeted for care coordination teams, hospitals, managed care companies, state public health officials, healthcare providers, community-based and long term support providers, the conference will focus on the current state of the SIM initiative, the case for change, identifying the SIM challenge/opportunity, developing an understanding of what the statewide strategies are in Iowa, and the next steps in the Initiative. Admission to the conference is free. More information can be found on the IHC website.

Model and Testing Grants

Phase One: Model Design Grant
Initial model design period in which Iowa developed its approach for the SIM process and drafted the State Healthcare Innovation Plan. Learn more about the design phase on this page.

Phase Two: Testing Grant
Secondary phase of the SIM process, in which Iowa requested funds to begin the approach outlined in the State Healthcare Innovation Plan. Iowa received the award on December 16, 2014.

General Information: Learning Sessions

General Information: Presentations