Medicaid "Health Home"
Monday, November 22, 2010
Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation Launched
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has officially established the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation. Created
by the Affordable Care Act, the Innovation Center will examine new ways
of delivering health care and paying health care providers that can
save money for Medicare and Medicaid while improving the quality of
Innovation Center will consult stakeholders across the health care
sector including hospitals, doctors, consumers, payers, states,
employers, advocates, relevant federal agencies and others to obtain
direct input on its operations and to build partnerships with those that
interested in its work. The organization will also test models that
include establishing an "open innovation community” that serves as an
information clearinghouse of best practices in health care innovation.
The Center will also work with stakeholders to create learning
communities that help other providers rapidly implement these new care
also announced the launch of new demonstration projects that will
support efforts to better coordinate care and improve health outcomes
for patients. New initiatives will test "health home” and "medical home”
Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) Advanced Primary Care Practice
Demonstration will test the effectiveness of doctors and other health
professionals working in teams to treat low-income patients at community
health centers. The demonstration will be conducted by the Innovation
Center in up to 500 FQHCs and provide patient-centered, coordinated
care to up to 195,000 people with Medicare.
new State plan option under which patients enrolled in Medicaid with at
least two chronic conditions can designate a provider as a "health
home” that would help coordinate treatments for the patient. States
that implement this option will receive enhanced financial resources
from the Federal government to support "health homes” in their Medicaid
Innovation Center also announced an upcoming opportunity for States to
apply for contracts to support development of new models aimed at
improving care quality, care coordination, cost-effectiveness, and
overall experience of beneficiaries who are eligible for both Medicare
and Medicaid, also known as "dual eligibles.” The Innovation Center
expects to award up to $1 million in design contracts to as many as 15
state programs for this work.
More information on the CMMI and these initiatives is available at: www.innovations.cms.gov.