Tuesday, November 22, 2011

County council ratifies submission of grant

Delaware County Council ratified the submission of a grant application Tuesday in the amount of $20,000 to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for the Innovation Advisors Program.

“We’re going after this grant,” said Delaware County Executive Director Marianne Grace during a county council agenda meeting Monday. “It will be great if we can get it, but we’ll have to see what happens.”

Grace said that if the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) awards the grant to Delco, Dr. George Avetian would be the county’s designated representative.
Avetian, the county’s senior medical adviser, said he submitted the application to CMS last week.

“The Innovation Advisors Program is designed to broadly help individuals refine, apply, and sustain managerial and technical skills necessary to drive delivery system reform for the benefit of Medicare, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) beneficiaries,” states a CMS fact sheet about the program.

Back in October, CMS announced it was accepting applications for the Innovation Advisors Program. The Innovation Center was created through the federal Affordable Care Act.

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