Through the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has been helping providers improve how they deliver health care services, through hospital value-based purchasing, realigned and increased primary care payments, and greater coverage for preventive care. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (the Innovation Center), is an important new resource for health care providers dedicated to improving how our health care system works. Its mission is to move quickly to identify, test, and spread delivery and payment models to help providers improve care while cutting costs.
In the year since opening its doors, the Innovation Center’s work is well underway. It has introduced 16 initiatives (see Table at end of report) involving over 50,000 health care providers that will touch the lives of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries in all 50 states and will continue to expand its partnerships and reach in the years to come. These initial efforts are focused on improving patient safety, promoting care that is coordinated across health care settings, investing in primary care transformation, creating new bundled payments for care episodes, and meeting the complex needs of those dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid.
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