CMS Contest Gets Real About Artificial Intelligence

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How can AI tools--such as deep learning and neural networks--be used to predict unplanned hospital and skilled nursing facility admissions and adverse events? In the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Health Outcomes Challenge, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is dangling up to $1.65 million in prize money to the innovators who can figure it out. Six hospitals and health systems are among the 25 participants who were selected from a field of more than 300 submissions. The ultimate goal is to harness AI solutions to predict health outcomes for healthcare providers and clinicians, as well as potential use in CMS Innovation Center innovative payment and service delivery models. "Artificial Intelligence is a vehicle that can help drive our system to value--proven to reduce out-of-pocket costs and improve quality," said CMS Administrator Seema Verma in a news release.