HHS will fund a three-year demonstration project to offer disease management services to Medicare patients with chronic conditions, such as congestive heart disease, diabetes and stroke. Proposals from health plans and other organizations that want to participate are due at the end of May. Notice of the project appears in today's Federal Register. Participants will receive capitated payments for each beneficiary enrolled in their programs. In a news release, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which will oversee the demonstration project, said it expects programs to promote patient-centered, multidisciplinary care; use information technology to support evidence-based care; and focus on improving care processes and patient outcomes. The project is the latest in HHS' push to improve healthcare quality, including a forthcoming requirement that hospitals administer patient-satisfaction surveys and publish the results, reported first in Modern Healthcare this month. At deadline, the budget for the disease-management project wasn't known. -- by Jeff Tieman
HHS seeks proposals for disease management project
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