How CMS Develops New Payment and Service Delivery Models

CMS is developing and testing new payment and service delivery models in accordance with the Affordable Care Act and other legislation. Some models are designed to demonstrate whether various approaches are more effective than others at improving care and/or fostering innovation in the healthcare industry. There are seven broad categories used to group the models:

● Accountable Care
● Bundled Payments for Care Improvement
● Primary Care Transformation
● Initiatives Focused on the Medicaid and CHIP Population
● Initiatives Focused on the Medicare-Medicaid Enrollees
● Initiatives to Speed the Adoption of Best Practices
● Ways to Accelerate Testing of New Payment and Service Delivery Models

CMS provides a website (link below) that displays the various models and their current status, for example, whether they are Under Review, Accepting Applications, Ongoing, No Longer Active, etc.

The information available at the website can help you stay informed about changes as they evolve; other resources allow you to identify hospitals and other healthcare providers that are participating in the various programs.

As an example of the type of information that is available, one “demonstration model” tracked patients after they left the hospital to determine whether hospital-physician collaborations prevented complications, avoided duplication of services, improved quality and/or eliminated unnecessary costs. You can access these resources as well as other data and reports at: http://innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/index.html#views=models
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