QUICK TAKE: White House to Announce $1 Billion in Health Care Grants -- WaPo

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The Obama Administration will announce on Monday as much as $1 billion in grants to help groups, doctors and communities hire and train health-care workers, The Washington Post reported. The goal is to experiment with ways to expand the health-care workforce while reducing the overall cost of care.

"We’re seeking innovators, organizations and leaders that have an idea to bring into further testing," Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Don Berwick told The Post

The program, called the Health Care Innovation Challenge, is part of the President's "We Can't Wait" job-creation initiative and will be administered by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. It will be geared toward organizations that work with patients enrolled in government health-care programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, The Post reported. The aim is to have new programs up and running within six months of funding.

“In many ways, the health-care system in the future will be different from the health-care system today,” head of the CMS Innovation center Richard Gilfillan told the Post. “We’re saying, let’s find the best people to do these jobs and broaden the workforce.”

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