Medical Society of Virginia

HHS outlines ways for states to improve care and lower costs for Medicaid

14 July 2011

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced new initiatives to help states improve the quality and lower the cost of care for individuals who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid (Medicare-Medicaid enrollees). The initiatives include:

  • Two financial models designed to help states improve quality and lower costs for Medicare-Medicaid enrollees – states can pursue either or both models. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the models and will test them for effectiveness.
  • A new CMS Innovation Center initiative that helps states improve the quality of care for people in nursing homes. The CMS Innovation Center is working to establish a new demonstration focused on reducing preventable inpatient hospitalizations among nursing facility residents.
  • A technical assistance resource center available to all states to better coordinate care for high-need, high cost beneficiaries.

Click here for more information on all three initiatives.