Bill seeks to create health care innovation zones

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted July 27, 2009

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Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D, Pa.) introduced a bill on July 8 to establish pilot projects for "health care innovation zones." These zones would encompass health care delivery systems that cover a full range of inpatient and outpatient services, complete with an academic medical center.

The bill calls for awarding 10 to 25 grants using funds appropriated under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The grants would establish programs featuring innovative and cost-saving efforts to improve health care services; reduce costs; and train physicians, nurses and other health care professionals.

The Assn. of American Medical Colleges praised the measure. "Our nation faces a complex health care crisis of access, quality and cost, and there is an urgent need to design and test large-scale, innovative models to transform the way we deliver and pay for care," AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, said in a statement.

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