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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 CMMI’s work are potentially great.

As part of the summit, the agency published a brief report, “One Year of Innovation:  Taking Action to Improve Care and Reduce Costs.”

CMMI will spend $10 billion supporting such initiatives through 2019.

The summit has its own web site, which you can find here.  A Department of Health and Human Services news release about the summit can be found here and a Washington Post article about the agency and the event is here.  CMMI’s own web site is hereHealth Care Reform/Flag, and the home page has a direct link to the new report.

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