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December 20, 2011

New Affordable Care Act Demonstration to provide care at home for Medicare patients

Up to 10,000 Medicare patients with chronic conditions will now be able to get most of the care they need at home under a new demonstration announced today by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

 

December 19, 2011

Affordable Care Act helps 32 health systems improve care for patients, saving up to $1.1 billion

Thirty-two leading health care organizations from across the country will participate in a new Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) initiative made possible by the Affordable Care Act, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today.

 

December 14, 2011

Partnership for Patients Hospital Engagement Networks

Hospitals across the country will have new resources and support to make health care safer and less costly by targeting and reducing the millions of preventable injuries and complications from healthcare-acquired conditions. As a part of the Partnership for Patients initiative, Hospital Engagement Networks will help identify solutions already working to reduce healthcare-acquired conditions and preventable hospital readmissions, and work to spread them to other hospitals and health care providers.

 

November 14, 2011

Health Care Innovation Awards

Up to $1 billion dollars will be awarded to innovative projects across the country that test creative ways to deliver high-quality medical care and save money. Launched today by the Department of Health and Human Services, the Health Care Innovation Awards will also give preference to projects that rapidly hire, train, and deploy health-care workers.

 

October 24, 2011

Federally Qualified Health Center Advanced Primary Care Practice Demonstration

500 community health centers in 44 States across the country will receive approximately $42 million over three years to improve the coordination and quality of care they deliver to people with Medicare and other patients. Under this demonstration, Medicare will pay community health centers based on the quality of care they deliver. This improved payment system will reward clinics for such things as helping patients manage chronic conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure.

 

October 20, 2011

HHS announces new incentives for providers to work together through Accountable Care Organizations when caring for people with Medicare

People with Medicare will be able to benefit from a new program designed to encourage primary care doctors, specialists, hospitals, and other health care providers to coordinate their care under a final regulation issued today by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Created by the Affordable Care Act, these final rules on Accountable Care Organizations add to the menu of options for providers looking to better coordinate care for patients and will make it easier for providers to deliver high-quality care and use health-care dollars more wisely.

 

October 17, 2011

Innovation Advisors Program

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is now accepting applications for a new Innovation Advisors program to help health professionals deepen skills that will drive improvements to patient care and reduce costs. These health-care improvements will benefit people enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Made possible by the Affordable Care Act, this initiative will be managed by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (Innovation Center).

 

September 28, 2011

HHS launches new Affordable Care Act initiative to strengthen primary care

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today launched a new initiative made possible by the Affordable Care Act to help primary care practices deliver higher-quality, more-coordinated, and patient-centered care. Under the new initiative, Medicare will work with commercial and state health insurance plans to offer additional support to primary care doctors who better coordinate care for their patients.

 

August 23, 2011

Bundled Payment for Care Improvement initiative

The Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative seeks to improve patient care through payment innovation for health-care services that foster improving coordination and quality through a patient-centered approach. The CMS Innovation Center is seeking applications for four broadly-defined models of care, three of which would involve a retrospective bundled payment arrangement, with a target price (target payment amount) for a defined episode of care.

 

August 9, 2011

Medicaid Emergency Psychiatric Demonstration announced

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced a new Medicaid Emergency Psychiatric Demonstration designed to provide states with more flexibility and resources to care for Medicaid beneficiaries with mental illnesses.

 

August 8, 2011

Physician Group Practice Demonstration succeeds in improving quality and reducing costs

Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced results from the initial Physician Group Practice (PGP) Demonstration, a landmark partnership with physician group practices that aims to better coordinate care across different settings, leading to improved quality and cost savings. After five years, this demonstration has shown positive results, including significant progress in areas of both quality improvement and savings in Medicare expenditures.

 

July 8, 2011

Obama administration offers states new ways to improve care, lower costs for Medicaid

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced three initiatives to help states improve the quality and lower the costs of care for the approximately nine million Americans who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid (Medicare-Medicaid enrollees).

 

July 8, 2011

Partnership for Patients Meets Goal of Over 2,000 Hospitals Participating

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today that nearly 4,500 organizations — including over 2,000 hospitals — have pledged their support for the Partnership for Patients, the Obama Administration’s new nationwide patient safety initiative. In less than three months, the Administration has met its goal of having 2,000 hospitals pledge their support.

 

July 5, 2011

CMS Proposes 2012 Medicare Home Health Payment Changes

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced a number of proposed changes to Medicare home health payments for 2012 that, if finalized, will promote greater efficiency and payment accuracy.

 

June 22, 2011

HHS: Up to $500 million in Partnership for Patients funding will help health providers improve care

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that up to $500 million in Partnership for Patients funding will be available to help hospitals, health-care provider organizations, and others improve care and stop millions of preventable injuries and complications related to health-care acquired conditions and unnecessary readmissions.

 

June 10, 2011

Innovation Center Act. Dir. Dr. Richard Gilfillan featured at Health Innovation Summit in Washington, D.C.

Representatives from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Innovation Center, Kaiser Permanente, and Vangent met today in Washington, DC, to discuss building a health delivery innovation community. Dr. Richard Gilfillan, Acting Director of the Innovation Center, delivered the keynote at the Health Innovation Summit, where he discussed the exciting opportunities around the country to deliver better health care, better health, and reduced costs through health-care improvements.

 

June 6, 2011

HHS: New Affordable Care Act Support to Improve Care Coordination for nearly 200,000 People with Medicare

Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the Federally Qualified Health Center Advanced Primary Care Practice (FQHC) demonstration project, a new Affordable Care Act initiative that will pay approximately $42 million to up to 500 FQHCs to coordinate care for Medicare patients.

 

May 17, 2011

Affordable Care Act gives providers new options to better coordinate health care

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced three Affordable Care Act initiatives designed to help doctors, hospitals ,and other health-care providers improve health care for Americans with Medicare by becoming Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).

 

April 14, 2011

Four initiatives announced including the State Demonstrations to Integrate Care for Dual Eligible Individuals

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced four initiatives to give states more flexibility to adopt innovative new practices and provide better, more-coordinated care for people with Medicaid and Medicare while helping reduce costs for states and families. These initiatives included the State Demonstrations to Integrate Care for Dual Eligible Individuals.

 

April 12, 2011

Partnership for Patients initiative announced

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, joined by leaders of major hospitals, employers, health plans, physicians, nurses, and patient advocates, today announced a new national partnership that will help save 60,000 lives by stopping millions of preventable injuries and complications in patient care over the next three years.