Breakthrough Health Care Opportunities Program: Year 1 Strategic Implementation

In July 2013, the Commonwealth Fund Board approved the creation of the Breakthrough Health Care Opportunities program. This appropriation will support the launch of the new program by allowing for nimbleness and flexibility in making the initial set of small grants. Fund staff will first convene a multistakeholder advisory group to establish criteria for identifying high-leverage opportunities and prioritize ideas for in-depth study. The first projects will likely focus on: 1) new approaches for using information technology to engage consumers in their care; 2) consumer and provider incentives designed around the principles of behavioral economics; and 3) “frugal innovations” from around the world that the U.S. might adopt. Staff also will explore the establishment of an incubator network of health care organizations willing to pilot-test ideas the Fund has identified and vetted.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
The Commonwealth Fund
Principal Investigator:
Anne-Marie J. Audet, M.D.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
November 12, 2013

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