Advancing a Value-Driven Health Care System for All Veterans

Authorized by  Section 152 of the MISSION Act of 2018, the Center for Care and Payment Innovation (CCPI) plays a critical role in ensuring that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) maximizes quality of care, while balancing costs known as high-value health care, and delivers needed services to Veterans. CCPI works with partners across the government and the health care industry to develop and test innovative approaches to Veteran care that cover a wide range of service areas.

Through these collaborative efforts, CCPI aims to

  • Improve Veterans' access to care and services.
  • Improve quality, timeliness and patient satisfaction.
  • Create cost savings for the Department.

Strengthening Care for Veterans Now and in the Future

MISSION:Accelerate VA’s transition to high-value care that creates efficiencies, promotes equity and achieves the best health outcomes for all Veterans

VISION: Collaborate across the government and health care industry to design, evaluate and scale innovative payment and health care delivery approaches to drive value and better serve Veterans

VHA IE delivers four critical cornerstones needed to create a foundation

Our Approach to Innovation

CCPI leads the designing, testing and implementation of pilot programs to improve health care services and payment options for Veterans. From concept to close, CCPI partners closely with VA medical centers and facilities, VA regional offices, VA program offices, Veteran organizations and industry to ensure that the needs of Veterans are at the center of every pilot program we create.

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CCPI uses a standard framework for pilot program assessment, approval and management. Using this framework allows us to create a structured approach to innovation that helps us:

  • Identify the need for care and payment innovation through data-driven decision-making.
  • Proactively identify high-risk, high-need Veterans with various illnesses and in different geographies.
  • Ensure health equity is accounted for throughout a pilot’s design and implementation.
  • Engage the VA Innovation Steering Committee to identify, evaluate, prioritize and recommend innovation opportunities.
  • Leverage the authority granted by Section 152 of the MISSION Act to submit waiver requests for congressional approval.

Getting More Veterans Smiling With VETSmile

In July 2021, CCPI launched the VETSmile pilot program to improve dental care access for VA-enrolled Veterans who are currently ineligible for VA dental services. In collaboration with nationwide community dental care partners, CCPI launched the VETSmile pilot, which in its initial year, expects to serve 3,900 Veterans through 9,000 patient visits!


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Dental Procedures

More About CCPI

CCPI is organizationally aligned to the VHA Office of Healthcare Innovation and Learning (OHIL) as a sister organization to the Innovation Ecosystem (IE) and the Simulation Learning, Evaluation, Assessment and Research Network (SimLEARN) under VHA’s Office of Discovery, Education, and Affiliate Networks (DEAN).

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