The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a federal agency within the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has launched its Artificial Intelligence Health Outcomes Challenge. For this effort, CMS has teamed up with the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and the Laura and John Arnold Foundation to award up to USD 1.65 million to selected participants during the three stages of the Challenge.
The CMS 3-stage challenge objectives include the use AI and Deep Learning methodologies to foresee unplanned hospital and SNF (Skilled Nursing Facility) admissions and adverse events within 30 days for Medicare beneficiaries, based on a data set of Medicare administrative claims data, including Medicare Part A –hospital and Medicare Part B –professional services. It also develops innovative strategies and methodologies to elucidate the AI-derived predictions to front-line clinicians and patients to help in offering proper clinical resources to model participants and amplify the use of AI-enhanced data feedback for quality improvement activities among model participants. For the Challenge, participants, during the launch stage, will submit an application through ai.cms.gov and detail information about their proposed solution. Afterward, up to 20 participants will be selected to advance to Stage 1. Participants then, during stage 1, will design and test their proposed solution using certain Medicare claims data sets, wherein up to 5 participants will be selected to advance to Stage 2 and will each be awarded up to USD 80,000.
Selected participants from stage 1, means finalists during stage 2 will be capable of requesting additional Medicare claims data and refine their solutions, and will be awarded up to USD1 million and up to USD 250,000 for the runner up. For this complete process, a multi-disciplinary judging panel will review and score entries for all stages of the AI Health Outcomes Challenge. As reports noted, the Challenge will run for almost one year, where the Launch Stage will run from March 2019 to June 2019. From summer 2019 until fall 2019, Stage 1 will run, and Stage 2 will run from winter 2019 to spring 2020 and the winner will be declared in April 2020.