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Medicaid Birthing Model Improves Outcomes

A federal program to improve birth outcomes among Medicaid-covered women has produced positive results:  lower rates of pre-term births, fewer low birthweight babies, fewer C-sections, lower delivery costs, and lower first-year health care spending. The “Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns” program was a four-year initiative established by the Affordable Care Act and developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to employ patient education, nutrition, exercise, preparation for childbirth, breast-feeding, and family planning rather than strictly medical interventions and was delivered through three evidence-based prenatal care models:  Birth Centers, Group Prenatal [&hellip

Group Seeks Preservation, Reform of Federal Innovation Effort

A coalition of 35 patient, physician, and hospital groups has written to new Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price and asked him to continue the federal government’s exploration of new ways to deliver and pay for Medicare services but to seek certain improvements in how those efforts are undertaken. The coalition Healthcare Leaders for Accountable Innovation in Medicare asked Secretary Price for a reformed Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation so that it operates with … appropriately-scaled, time-limited demonstration projects, greater transparency, improved data-sharing, and broader collaboration with the private sector. The coalition also called for CMMI to [&hellip

CMS Demonstration to Tie Medical, Service Needs

A new federal demonstration program will attempt to help low-income Medicare and Medicaid recipients gain access to services that ultimately will improve their health. The Accountable Health Communities project, developed by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation and launched by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), is a $157 million demonstration program that … aims to identify and address beneficiaries’ health-related social needs in at least the following core areas: Housing instability and quality, Food insecurity, Utility needs, Interpersonal violence, and Transportation needs beyond medical transportation. The federal government intends to provide grants of up to $4.5 [&hellip

Medicare Unveils New ACO

The federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation is launching a new accountable care organization (ACO) model through which providers can join together to serve Medicare patients. The “Next Generation ACO” seeks to build on the experience, insight, and feedback gained through the Medicare Shared Savings Program and the Pioneer ACO model and give providers more tools for managing care and resources while also enabling them to take on more financial risk and earn greater financial rewards for doing so successfully. A broader objective is to move Medicare closer to its stated goal of paying most providers based on the [&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

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