Capitol Correspondence - 04.01.19

Race is On for Health Robots! CMS Announces Grant Competition for Artificial Intelligence Health Outcomes

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ANCOR is sharing this press release by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) because the direct support professional (DSP) workforce crisis is leading us to follow any innovations in health that could ensure stable supports for people with intellectual / developmental disabilities (I/DD). ANCOR views technology as a way of allowing DSPs to redirect their time towards individuals who need more face-to-face supports, in the face of increased demands for supports and given the highly customized nature of I/DD supports.

As shared by CMS:

“Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new competition that aims to accelerate innovative solutions to better predict health outcomes and improve the quality of care for patients. Following President Trump’s executive order to prioritize research and development of America’s artificial intelligence capabilities, the CMS Artificial Intelligence Health Outcomes Challenge will unleash innovative solutions as CMS continues to move the healthcare system towards value.

“The Artificial Intelligence Health Outcomes Challenge is an opportunity for innovators to demonstrate how artificial intelligence tools – such as deep learning and neural networks – can be used to predict unplanned hospital and skilled nursing facility admissions and adverse events,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. “For artificial intelligence to be successful in healthcare, it must not only enhance the predictive ability of illnesses and diseases, but also enable providers to focus more time with patients. The power of artificial intelligence will truly be unleashed when providers understand and trust the data and predictions.”

Partnering with the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, the Artificial Intelligence Health Outcomes Challenge will engage with innovators from all sectors – not just from healthcare – to harness artificial intelligence solutions to predict health outcomes. The Challenge aims to develop artificial intelligence-driven predictions that healthcare providers and clinicians participating in CMS Innovation Center models could use to reduce the burden to perform quality improvement activities and make quality measures more impactful.

The Artificial Intelligence Health Outcomes Challenge is a three stage competition that will begin with the Launch Stage, in which participants will submit an application at Up to 20 participants will be selected to participate in Stage 1 of the Challenge. We anticipate that more information about Stage 1 and Stage 2 will be announced later this year.

CMS and the partnering organizations will award up to $1.65 million in total to selected participants in Stage 1 and Stage 2. Prize amounts are subject to change. If selected for Stage 1, participants will develop algorithms that predict health outcomes from Medicare fee-for-service data, and strategies and methodologies to explain the artificial intelligence-driven predictions to frontline clinicians and physicians while building trust in the data. Participants in Stages 1 and 2 of the competition will use Medicare claims data sets provided by CMS to develop their algorithms and solutions.

The deadline for submitting applications for the Launch Stage is June 18, 2019. Read the full public notice for the CMS Artificial Intelligence Health Outcomes Challenge at, and learn more and apply at  

For a fact sheet on the Artificial Intelligence Health Outcomes Challenge, please visit:

To see a video on Twitter from Administrator Verma on the Artificial Health Outcomes Challenge, please visit:”