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Innovation Center Introduces “Transforming Clinical Practices” Initiative

The federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation has launched a new, $840 million program designed to help clinicians achieve large-scale health transformation. According to the agency’s news release, its “Transforming Clinical Practices” initiative …will fund successful applicants who work directly with medical providers to rethink and redesign their practices, moving from systems driven by quantity of care to ones focused on patients’ health outcomes, and coordinated health care systems. These applicants could include group practices, health care systems, medical provider associations and others. This effort will help clinicians develop strategies to share, adapt and further improve the quality of [&hellip

CMS Seeks to Jump-Start Medicaid Innovation

A new federal program seeks to encourage states to work faster to find ways to improve care and improve the health of their Medicaid patients and to reduce health care costs through payment and service delivery reforms. The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) new Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program is a collaboration between the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, the Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office, and other federal agencies and centers.  According to a CMS fact sheet, the program …aims to jumpstart innovation in key areas while supporting states in their efforts to [&hellip

Update on the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation

The Affordable Care Act created the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) to explore new and better ways of delivering health care to publicly insured patients and new and better ways of paying for that care.  Now in operation for a year, the Innovation Center had divided itself into different functional components – patient care, community improvement, Medicare demonstrations, and others – and is funding demonstration programs designed to test new ways of delivering and paying for care. With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Urban Institute has prepared a summary and analysis of the Innovation Center’s mandate, [&hellip

CMMI Holds Summit, Summarizes Activities

Created by the Affordable Care Act, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) shared information about the 14-month-old agency’s agenda and achievements to date at a “Care Innovations Summit” in Washington. The agency is charged with responsibility for pursuing innovation in the delivery of care and payment for care to the Medicare and Medicaid populations as part of the broader health care reform effort.  It pursues its mission by identifying areas in which change is needed and then funding programs designed to test possible improvements.  Because urban safety-net hospitals serve so many Medicare and Medicaid patients, the implications of [&hellip

States Seek New Ways to Manage Health Care Costs

As states continue to struggle with budget woes, they are getting more aggressive, and more ambitious, about finding ways to cut their health care costs – and they aren’t waiting for health care reform to kick in to get started. Oregon, for example, hopes to introduce a new series of community health centers that would provide more integrated care to their patients.  At first the centers would serve only Medicaid and dually eligible (Medicare and Medicaid) patients, but eventually, state officials hope the clinics will serve public employees and teachers and possibly small businesses as well.  Read about Oregon’s plans [&hellip

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