Take the Diabetes Health Pump Survey
See What's Inside
Read this FREE issue now
For healthcare professionals only
  • 12 Tips for Traveling With Diabetes
See the entire table of contents here!

You can view the current or previous issues of Diabetes Health online, in their entirety, anytime you want.
Click Here To View

See if you qualify for our free healthcare professional magazines. Click here to start your application for Pre-Diabetes Health, Diabetes Health Pharmacist and Diabetes Health Professional.

Learn More About the Professional Subscription

Free Diabetes Health e-Newsletter
Latest
Popular
Top Rated
Government & Policy Archives
Print | Email | Share | Comments (1)

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation is Introduced


Dec 18, 2010

Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation

Very recently, the Obama Administration announced some new initiatives with regard to the new healthcare law, in what could be one of the biggest and farthest-reaching benefits of the Affordable Care Act. The $10 billion, 10-year plan is being spearheaded by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), which was created by the Affordable Care Act.

This new Center was born out of what many people on all sides of the political spectrum believe is a broken healthcare system. While the Affordable Care Act faced opposition and controversy, this initiative is gaining much support from politicians, patients, insurance companies, and corporations.

According to the CMMI website, "The ultimate goal of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (the Innovation Center) is to produce better experiences of care and better health outcomes for all Americans and at lower costs through improvements. In partnership with the healthcare industry, the business community, and of course, the patients and families who rely on the healthcare system day in and day out, the Innovation Center will ultimately scale new care and payment models that improve and sustain the Medicare and Medicaid/CHIP programs for our beneficiaries and ultimately the healthcare system at large." Approximately 90 million Americans are currently on Medicare or Medicaid.

The Innovation Center will play several roles, including:

●      Consulting with stakeholders across the healthcare 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 interested in its work

●      Testing models that include establishing an "open innovation community" that serves as an information clearinghouse of best practices in healthcare innovation.

●      Creating learning communities that help other providers rapidly implement these new care models.

●       Testing "health home" and "medical home" concepts

The Center will begin by working with physician practices in eight states to help primary care doctors better coordinate the care their Medicare patients get throughout the medical system. The states are Maine, Vermont, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Michigan, and Minnesota; several already have private-sector or state-led programs underway. They will also target hundreds of federally funded health clinics, which provide primary care to millions of poor Americans on Medicaid. In 2011, the center will award $1 million grants to help states develop other programs to coordinate care and improve quality for poor seniors.

"This is an important step," said Dr. Mark McClellan, who headed the Medicare and Medicaid programs under President George W. Bush. "Even if there are big disagreements about the role of government ... hopefully, we'll find some ways to find bipartisan agreement to do some of the things that improve care."

***

Sources:

LA Times

http://innovations.cms.gov

 


Categories: Community, Government & Policy, Health Care, Health Insurance



You May Also Be Interested In...


Comments

Posted by Docwithdiabetes on 25 December 2010

I am a phycian and have been in practice for 30 years. It is with dismay that I have observed what has happened in medicine. I practice in one of the states that is one that has been chosen for this pilot program by CMMI, an I am very concerned. We are one of the lowest reimbursed states in the country, and I shudder to think what quill happen when another layerof bureaucracy gets added. I am a surgical sub specialist, and there are procedures for which i am reimbursed less today than in 1981. My income today is less that it was 25 years ago. Within the last 2 years, 4 of my fellow sub specialists have left the state to practice somewhere else ( that is 12% of our group of physicians). Primary care physicians here have it even worse. Fireman, with there overtime, earn more than your average primary care physicians. We are having are difficult time recruiting any physicians to this state. I think the government's answer will be to use more midlevel providers. I know and respect many PA and nurse practioners, but I I certainly would not want them to be my primary care provider.
Being a diabetic, I have seen first hand the cost of these products and it is appalling. I find this extremely difficult to accept, when I read the salary of the CEO of one of the pharmacy chains was 55 million last year. And the salary of one of the ceo's of one of the larger hospital groups was also in the millions ( maybe they deserves it, but I don't se why).


Add your comments about this article below. You can add comments as a registered user or anonymously. If you choose to post anonymously your comments will be sent to our moderator for approval before they appear on this page. If you choose to post as a registered user your comments will appear instantly.

When voicing your views via the comment feature, please respect the Diabetes Health community by refraining from comments that could be considered offensive to other people. Diabetes Health reserves the right to remove comments when necessary to maintain the cordial voice of the diabetes community.

For your privacy and protection, we ask that you do not include personal details such as address or telephone number in any comments posted.

Don't have your Diabetes Health Username? Register now and add your comments to all our content.

Have Your Say...


Username: Password:
Comment:
©1991-2014 Diabetes Health | Home | Privacy | Press | Advertising | Help | Contact Us | Donate | Sitemap

Diabetes Health Medical Disclaimer

The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images, and information, contained on or available through this website is for general information purposes only. Opinions expressed here are the opinions of writers, contributors, and commentators, and are not necessarily those of Diabetes Health. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website.