Washington Connection, Sept. 20, 2017
Written by: MGMA Government Affairs

Administration signals new direction for Medicare Innovation Center

CMS is seeking stakeholder feedback about the future of the Medicare Innovation Center, which was created to test payment models outside the traditional, fee-for-service reimbursement system and aimed at reducing costs and increasing the quality of patient care. To date, the Innovation Center has delivered mixed results and few of its payment models have been expanded nationwide. In an op-ed, the Administrator of CMS, Seema Verma, wrote that the agency is reviewing all current Innovation Center models to determine which approaches should continue, in addition to seeking ideas for new models. MGMA has long advocated against a government-driven, top-down approach to creating value-based payment and delivery system models and will urge CMS to work closely with the physician community to remove barriers to innovation and recognize existing efforts to create a more patient-centric and efficient U.S. healthcare system. 


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