Careers at the Innovation Center

Careers at the Innovation Center
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The CMS Innovation Center, also known as “CMMI,” develops & tests new health care payment and service delivery models to bring about a health system that achieves equitable outcomes through high quality, affordable, person-centered care.

Five strategic objectives guide the CMS Innovation Center’s pursuit of this vision:

CMMI  Five Strategic Objectives: Driving accountable care; Advancing health equity; Supporting innovation; Addressing affordability; and Creating partnerships to achieve system transformation.

Current Opportunities:

CMMI is looking to bring on exceptional talent in health policy, social science research, economics, IT, and much more.

If you're interested in making a difference testing innovative health care payment and service delivery models that aim to achieve better care for patients, smarter spending, and healthier communities - A career with the CMS Innovation Center can help you achieve those goals!

To view all open CMMI positions, please visit USAJOBS

Coming Soon:

Physician - Opening June 1st!

This position is located in the Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, Learning and Diffusion Group.

As a Physician, GS-0602-15, you will serve as a clinical advisor on alternative payment models. You will work on Center-wide initiatives to accelerate value-based care and create a patient-centered environment at the Center, such as health system transformation, multi-payer alignment and patient engagement.

$117,518 - $152,771 per year.  This is the BASE salary for the position.

What you will do:

  • Provides authoritative clinical advice and guidance in the development of policies and transformational health care outcomes that incorporate the operational aspects of CMS programs, as well as drive quality and reduce costs.
  • Advises Group leadership on the clinical and quality improvement activities necessary to ensure the successful completion of ideation, planning, implanting and operating innovative models of payment and health care service delivery for CMMI.
  • Advises both internal and external stakeholders on the activities necessary to ensure the successful completion of ideation, planning, implementing and operating innovative models of payment and health care services delivery for CMS.
  • Advises the strategy and operations of the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network.
  • Represents CMMI before Federal, state, and national and local health care organizations, medical associations, etc., to establish and maintain partnerships, facilitate understanding of CMS policies and increase acceptance of CMS actions.
  • Serves as the liaison between CMMI and other parts of CMS and HHS, e.g. HRSA and AHRQ. Advise model teams on the best strategies to incorporate quality improvement and stakeholder engagement activities to support model participants.
  • Serves as a trustworthy clinical partner to the model participant (providers, states, etc.) community, developing and maintaining collaborative relationships through mutual understanding of participant needs and concerns.

Required Documents:

  • License/Registration 
  • Board Certification 

Both documents MUST be submitted at the time of application.

To learn more about this position, please visit: USAJOBS

Pay & Benefits

For individuals and families who value quality of life, a career at CMS is wonderful. CMS offers great benefits and competitive pay, along with a strong commitment to work-life balance. Perks include remote work, flexible schedules (including telework), generous vacation and sick leave, and excellent training and development opportunities.  


  • Competitive pay based on experience & locality 
  • Opportunities for career advancement

Leave & Holidays

  • 13–26 paid vacation days each year
  • 13 days paid sick days each year
  • 11 paid federal holidays


         "CMS has done a great job of work-life balance, which I really appreciate. I have three children and having that balance is so helpful and really makes it easier for me to work and concentrate on the things that I need to." – Rebecca Elkins, Nurse, Boston, MA  


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At CMS, we truly understand and support the value of diversity in improving organizational efficiency and effectiveness. We continually strive to promote a climate of innovation, opportunity, and success that capitalizes on the cultural, professional, and personal diversity of our workforce.

In addition to the vast resources available to employees, CMS encourages all employees to seek out Employee Resource Groups (ERGs). These groups are voluntary, employee-led groups that serve as a resource by fostering a diverse, inclusive workplace aligned with organizational mission, values, and goals. ERGs form around common backgrounds that help ensure all employees have an opportunity to be heard, valued and engaged.

A Career with the Innovation Center

Hear from Division Director, Claire Schreiber, as she discusses during a recent webinar the Center’s important mission to achieve equitable outcomes through high quality, affordable, person-centered care and shares her professional journey with CMS.

 To view additional videos about federal resumes, USAJOBS, culture at CMS and to hear from hiring managers, please visit our YouTube Playlist

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