State Innovation Model


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. Through the SIM Initiative, the Iowa Department of Public Health will be developing a plan to improve population health and equipping the delivery system with care coordination through the Community and Clinical Care (C3) Initiative and the Statewide Alert Notification (SWAN) system.

Click here to visit the DHS SIM Webpage and to learn more about the SIM Initiative in Iowa!

News and Announcements

SIM Learning Communities: 

Save The Date: The next SIM Learning Community will be held on Wednesday, March 7th, 2018, at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny.

The Health Improvement Technology Report has been finalized and may be found here

Statewide Strategy Plans: