CMS Launches Center for Innovation

by Rebecca Farley on November 18, 2010

This week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced the creation of the new Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. The Center, established under the Affordable Care Act, is designed to examine new ways of delivering health services and new systems of provider payment that can save money for the government while improving the quality of care.

CMS also announced the launch of several new demonstration projects through the Center. These projects include an 8-state demonstration program to evaluate the effectiveness of a multi-payer reimbursement approach for health professionals working in integrated systems and the Medicaid Health Home State Option. The Center has also announced an upcoming opportunity for demonstration projects to integrate care for individuals who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. States will be able to apply for resources to support such projects beginning in December. and the Innovation Center will award up to 15 state program design contracts up to $1 million each.

For additional information about the Center for Innovation, visit innovations.cms.gov.

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