The CMS unveiled a new at-home primary-care demonstration project that will involve as many as 10,000 Medicare patients.
CMS announces in-home primary-care demo project
The project, called the Independence at Home Demonstration, calls for the CMS to work with medical practices to test the effectiveness of primary care in the home for patients who have multiple chronic conditions, paying incentive fees to those that reduce costs and provide high-quality care, according to a CMS news release. The demo—participation in which is voluntary for practices—was called for in last year's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
"In my days as a practicing nurse, I saw many patients whose health improved when they were happier with their living conditions," acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner said in the release. "When a critically ill patient can remain in familiar surroundings, the benefits are many: The person retains greater control over their daily lives, families and caregivers report greater satisfaction with the care, and unnecessary hospitalizations are avoided,” she said.
As many as 50 medical practices will be chosen, and applicants must serve at least 200 Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries who have multiple chronic conditions and functional limitations. Potential participants must file the necessary paperwork by Feb. 6.
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