Government Innovation Grants
Don’t take anything for granted.
June 8, 2012 - I see
by the Wall Street Journal that a fellow physician agrees with me
(Steven Greer, M.D. “Inside Obamacare’s Grant Making,” June 5, 2012).
Doctor Greer, surgeon, financial analyst and
CEO of the Healthcare Channel (thehcc.tv) says the grant-making Center for
Medicare and Medicaid (CMII) is a sham,
a pork program and a vehicle for political cronyism.
CMII will spend $10 billion on
awards, grants, and contracts . CMII seeks
ways and means for replacing the current fee-for-service system for alternative approaches to delivering
more cost-effective, better care.
CMII selected Dr. Greer to help screen the first 3000 grant applicants. Because
of his dismay at the short time allotted to review applications, Dr.
Greer complained to Kathleen Sibelius of HHS and Donald Berwick, former
administrator of CMS, that the process of selecting grant winners was deeply
flawed. Greer soon left CMII.
Subsequently, CMII announced the
first 26 grant recipients.
George Washington University was
granted $1.9 million to save $1.7 million.
The Center of Health Care Services in
San Antonio received $4.6 million to $5 million.
The University of Chicago, for whom
Michelle Obama previously served as a VP, got $5.8 million for train and create
new jobs for 90 individuals in a diverse high poverty community.
Dr. Greer notes these grants did not
save much money and were awarded to
the politically connected.
ought to dismantle and defund the program if CMII survives the Supreme Court
ruling on the Affordable Care Act.”
I would take criticism of CMII a step
further. I would observe, as I did in my
book The Health Reform Maze (Greenbranch
Publishing, 2011) that innovation is beyond the government’s core competency
for structural and political reasons.
Government, as I noted in my book:
seldom abandons a failed project
is not gambling with its own money
measures success in good intentions,
grows too big to fail and too
influential to stop
can’t go out of business because it
can print its own money and is propped up by taxpayer money.
Tweet: The Center of Medicare and Medicaid Innovation
(CMII) will fail. Government is incapable of innovationing, politically and structurally.
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