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Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation must implement payment reforms rapidly
Date:6/7/2010

New York, NY, June 8, 2010The new Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMI) must be inclusive and flexible in developing and implementing payment initiatives, continuously monitor their impact, and rapidly disseminate them if they appear to be successful, in order to realize the potential for improved health care delivery and reduced spending, according to a new Health Affairs article by Commonwealth Fund researchers.

In "The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Will Be Central to Health Reform's Success," Stuart Guterman, Karen Davis, Kristof Stremikis, and Heather Drake lay out a series of recommendations for the CMI which, as described in the Affordable Care Act, is meant to develop innovative ways of providing and paying for health care that have the potential to reduce costs while preserving or enhancing health care quality.

The CMI, which will begin full-scale operations as part of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in 2011, will be responsible for developing at least 18 reform models specified in the new law, including: patient-centered medical homes, promotion of care coordination through salary-based payment; community-based health teams to support small-practice medical homes; use of health information technology to coordinate care for the chronically ill, and salary-based payment for physicians.

"Changing the way we pay for and provide health care to reward high-quality, efficient care is an essential step toward a high performance health system," said Commonwealth Fund President Karen Davis. "If health reform is to succeed in improving care and curbing spending, this new center must function like a research and development laboratory for health care delivery, designed to discover, support, and disseminate the best and most innovative ideas."

The authors recommend that the CMI:

  • Adopt a nimble "innovation with evidence development" approach in which new programs
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Contact: Mary Mahon
mm@cmwf.org
212-606-3853
Commonwealth Fund
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