Medicare to Participate in State Multi-payer Health Reform Efforts to Improve Quality and Lower Costs

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) invited states to apply for participation in the Multi-payer Advanced Primary Care Practice Demonstration, an initiative in which Medicare will join Medicaid and private insurers  to assess the ability of patient-centered "medical homes" to improve the delivery of primary care and lower health care costs.  

CMS anticipates making awards to up to six states and will perform an independent evaluation of the projects conducted under this demonstration.

(Sources: AHA News Now, http://ahanews.com,  June 3, 2010; US Department of Health and Human Services Press Release, http://hhs.gov, June 2, 2010)