CMMI Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns

Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) has recently announced an initiative providing up to $43.2 million in funds to test new payment and delivery models “that have the potential to improve perinatal outcomes for women enrolled in Medicaid who are at high-risk for adverse pregnancy outcomes.”

The four-year initiative (“CMMI Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns”) will test three distinct approaches to providing enhanced prenatal care delivery. Each approach provides a set of specific and comprehensive interventions to improve current, traditional prenatal care delivery and address additional clinical, behavioral, and psychosocial factors that may be present during pregnancy and contribute to preterm-related poor birth outcomes.

Ensuring medical center commitment and collaboration as well as leveraging URMC research support services are essential to developing competitive proposals. Please complete and submit the preliminary proposal form to Harriet Kitzman of the Center for Research Implementation and Translation (CRIT) by Monday, March 12. All submitted forms will undergo committee review and feedback will be provided.

For planning purposes, please note that the CMMI deadlines for non-binding letters of intent is 5:00 PM EST on March 21, 2012 and final proposals is 5:00 PM EST on June 13, 2012.  All final proposals must be submitted through by the Office of Research and Project Administration (ORPA), should be released for ORPA’s review five business days (June 6) prior to the CMMI proposal submission deadline (June 13) and must be accompanied by an internal sign off form.  Please contact Cheryl Williams at x5-1503 with CMMI proposal preparation questions.

The Clinical and Translational Science Institute can provide assistance to individuals interested in applying. Specific expertise is available in study design, participant recruitment, community involvement, program evaluation, training and other areas. Please contact for information. A CMMI summary can be accessed here. The Cooperative Agreement is posted here. A non-binding letter of intent is posted here.


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