State Innovation Model (SIM)

Awarded a $43.1 million federal grant over a four year period to support statewide health system transformation, Iowa is one of 11 states to receive State Innovation Model (SIM) testing grant. The grant  will be used to align and transform Iowa’s delivery system to one focused on population health. Our vision is that “Iowans experience better health and have access to accountable and affordable healthcare in every community”. Through the SIM program, Iowa will focus on two primary drivers; Aligning payers in value based purchasing (VBP) to effectively move the healthcare system from volume to value and equipping providers to engage in population health needs and focus on value outcomes. Together, these approaches ensure a robust, statewide healthcare transformation to achieve an environment where providers are paid on value outcomes and communities and health systems work together to produce healthier people in a system that is affordable and sustainable. 

Goals of the Iowa SIM Program 

Transformation in the Iowa health care system requires a broad vision and is a complicated task. It will require alignment of new partners who in the past have been competitors. It can be best understood as an operationalized change-processes sustained through an underlying payment reform increasingly aimed at quality. Read more about the Goals of the Iowa SIM Program.

Iowa SIM Vision

The Iowa SIM Vision of “Iowans experience better health and have access to accountable and affordable healthcare in every community” will be implemented through two Primary Drivers:  

1. Delivery System Reform
2. Payment Reform

In addition, the SIM Vision implementation will also be supported using three Cross Cutting Drivers:  

1. Iowa Roadmap to Improve Population Health
2. Social Determinants of Health
3. Health IT Enhancement and Quality Metrics Planning

News and Announcements
  • Primary Care Provider (PCP) Clinics Health Information Technology Survey: The Iowa State Innovation Model (SIM) is conducting a brief online survey about their Health Information Technology (HIT) capabilities as they relate to examining clinical quality measures (CQMs) and reporting to external entities. Survey information gathered will assist providers to more efficiently meet regulatory and payer reporting requirements, including development of a “Connect Once” approach. Survey must be completed by March 8, 2018. For questions, please contact Allen Wentland at: Email: Phone: 515-381-0359, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM CDT.
  • Iowa State Innovation Model (SIM) Healthcare Innovation and Visioning Roundtable: The Roundtable meetings will engage leaders around the state to develop consensus and transform how the healthcare system operates to best serve the needs of all Iowans. Access the agenda and the minutes of the meetings
  • New Video on Social Determinants of Health: A new presentation video on the social determinants of health was released and can be viewed at the link below.

Social Determinants Part 2:  Improving Health and Well-being in Oklahoma, Dr. David Kendrick, MD, MPH (video presentation)

This presentation shares the integration of social determinants of health measurement into the work of Oklahoma's Accountable Health Communities Consortium.

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