By now, many members of county and tribal health councils will already have heard about the SIM project, which is an ambitious effort to examine the various components of New Mexico’s health system, and to develop innovative ways to re-design that system to function more effectively and efficiently. The SIM project is being funded by a grant from the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS), under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The project has two phases: Design (1-2 years) and Implementation (up to 3 years). To date, 34 states, three territories, and the District of Columbia have received a total of over $1 billion. The initiative has three aims, and five objectives:
· Improve Population health
· Enhance patient experience of care
· Reduce health care costs
· Alignment and integration of public health and primary care
· Reducing costs and slowing the rate of health care inflation
· Increasing the number of New Mexicans who have health insurance
· Building the healthcare workforce and supporting infrastructure
· Expanding the use and integration of health information technology
Role of the NM Alliance of Health Councils: The Department of Health will contract with the NMAHC to assist the DOH Regional Health Promotion Teams with the community input process, including helping to facilitate sessions and gather and compile community data. The NMAHC will also serve as a member of the Steering Committee.
More information is available on the NM Dept. of Health website at www.nmhealthsysteminnovation.org.