New Mexico Department of Health
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Health System Innovation

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The Department of Health, in collaboration with the Human Services Department has been awarded funding from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, State Innovation Model (SIM) Initiative to improve population health and health outcomes, guided by the vision of “A Healthier New Mexico”.

Governor Martinez supports and encourages collaboration among state agencies, community-based organizations and community partners. She is confident Department of Health Cabinet Secretary Retta Ward and Human Services Department Cabinet Secretary Brent Earnest will lead New Mexico to develop an effective design for integrating and coordinating behavioral health, public health, and primary care to promote a person centered system.

New Mexico is taking a triple aim approach to health system transformation – enhancing patient experience of care, reducing health care costs, and improving population health.

Health System Innovation Plan Submission

The New Mexico Department of Health and the Human Services Department submitted its Health System Innovation Final Design (SHSIP) for the SIM Model Design Cooperative Agreement on April 29, 2016.

In review of the submission, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services found that the State has provided the requested documentation and information in order to meet the requirements provided in the SHSIP Guidance. Please read the Health System Innovation Final Design Assessment for a summary of the State Innovation Models Team’s (SIM) assessment of the New Mexico SHSIP’s strengths and areas for improvement.

The two agencies will review the recommendations given and develop a plan to continue the work of health system innovation in New Mexico.

Important Documents

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Stakeholder Summits

These summits will provide an opportunity for community representatives and health system partners to develop recommendations for the New Mexico Health System Innovation Model Design. Committees will meet at this summit and potentially in the interim between summits.

Committees & Workgroups

The committees and their workgroups are listed below.

Population Health

  • Pre-natal to Age 24
  • Age 25 to Age 60
  • Age 60 to end-of-life

Integration & Alignment of Public Health, Behavioral Health, and Primary Care Committee

No workgroups at this time.

Workforce & Training Needs

  • Community Health Workers
  • Community Emergency Medical Systems
  • Telehealth/Mobile Health
  • Recruitment and Retention

Health Care

  • Patient Centered Medical Home
  • Behavioral Health

Payment Models

No workgroups at this time.

Health Information Systems

  • Health Information Technology
  • All Payers Claims Database


No workgroups at this time.

2015 Meeting Schedule

All summits will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton located at 201 Marquette Ave. NW in Albuquerque. A list of the dates and times appear below.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Click a date/time above to add it to your calendar. Be sure to fill out the registration for each particular summit you plan to attend.

New Mexico Proposal

New Mexico’s State Innovation Model Design Proposal is focused on planning an extensive stakeholder engagement, bringing partners together from all facets of the health care and public health systems throughout the State to formulate ideas to achieve the objectives.


The design will address five main objectives:

  1. Alignment and integration of public health, behavioral health, and primary care
  2. Reducing costs and slowing the rate of health care cost inflation
  3. Increasing the number of New Mexicans who have health insurance
  4. Building the healthcare workforce and supporting infrastructure
  5. Expanding the use and integration of health information technology

Priority Health Issues

The priority health issues to be addressed include:

Other Concepts

The other concepts informing the design process include:

Who Will Participate?

Project Funding

This project was supported by Funding Opportunity Number CMS-1G1-14-001 from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The contents provided are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS or any of its agencies.