CMS Launches Federal Coordinated Health Care Office

by Rebecca Farley on January 3, 2011

On Dec. 30, 2010, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it has formally established the Federal Coordinated Health Care Office. Created as part of healthcare reform, this new office will bring together officers and employees at CMS in order to more effectively integrate benefits for “dual eligibles” – individuals who receive benefits under both the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

The Federal Coordinated Health Care Office (FCHCO) will be led by Melanie Bella, who formerly served as Senior Vice President for Policy and Operations at the Center for Health Care Strategies, a nonprofit quality improvement organization. FCHCO is tasked with:

  • Improving the quality of healthcare and long-term services for dual eligibles;
  • Simplifying processes for dual eligibles to access the services available to them;
  • Increasing dual eligibles’ understanding of and satisfaction with their coverage;
  • Eliminating regulatory conflicts between rules under the Medicare and Medicaid programs; and
  • Improving coordination between the federal government and the states.

FCHCO is partnering with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to fund innovative service delivery models for dual eligible individuals. For more information on this program and how to apply, click here.

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