by Holly Hayes
On November 17, 2010, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) established the CMS Innovation Center. The 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 care.”
The 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 (are) 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 models.
“For too long, health care in the United States has been fragmented-failing to meet patients’ basic needs, and leaving both patients and providers frustrated. Payment systems often fail to reward providers for coordinating care and keeping their patients healthy reinforcing this fragmentation,” said Donald Berwick, M.D., CMS Administrator. “The Innovation Center will help change this trend by identifying, supporting, and evaluating models of care that both improve the quality of care patients receive and lower costs.”
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