CMS Launches Innovation Center, 3 New Demonstrations

CMS has launched its Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation and three new demonstrations to test new methods of delivering care, according to a report by the Hill.

CMS Administrator Don Berwick, MD, said the new center, slated to receive $10 billion over the next 10 years under the healthcare reform law, will consult with stakeholders to create an "open innovation community" to serve as an information clearinghouse of best practices.

Richard Gilfillan, MD, the center's acting director, said it will "identify, validate, and scale models that have been effective in achieving better outcomes and improving the quality of care."

The three new demonstrations are:

1. Medical home for public and private payors.
The Multi-Payer Advanced Primary Care Practice Demonstration involves 1,200 providers who will receive more coordinated payments from Medicare, Medicaid and private health plans. Providers are in eight states: Maine, Vermont, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Michigan and Minnesota.

2. Teams to treat FQHC patients.
The Federally Qualified Health Center Advanced Primary Care Practice Demonstration will involve providers working in teams are able to serve low-income patients at up to 500 community health centers.

3. Health home for Medicaid patients. This new state plan option would allow Medicaid enrollees with at least two chronic conditions to designate a provider as a "health home" to coordinate treatment.

In addition, states will soon be able to apply for contracts to support development of new models of care for patients dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. The Innovation Center expects to award up to $1 million in design contracts to as many as 15 state programs for this work.

Read the Hill report on the healthcare reform.

Read more coverage of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.

- Dr. Richard Gilfillan to Lead Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation

- Don Berwick Plans to Hand Out Billions for CMS Reform Experiments

- CMS Asks When Medicare Beneficiaries Should be Assigned to ACOs

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