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CMS announces new demonstration project

Compliance Monitor, September 28, 2005

CMS announces new demonstration project

CMS announced that it is soliciting proposals for a demonstration project to improve quality while increasing efficiency through a major, regional-level healthcare-system redesign.

The Medicare Health Care Quality Demonstration is a five-year project designed to identify, develop, test, and disseminate improvements to healthcare systems at the area or regional level.

"This is a major initiative to use innovative payments to improve health and reduce costs for everyone in an area, not just for Medicare beneficiaries, but for all Americans," said CMS Administrator Mark B. McClellan, M.D., Ph.D.

Projects and strategies approved for the demonstration will be expected to demonstrate how they achieve safety, effectiveness, efficiency, patient-centeredness, timeliness, and equity. Demonstrations that achieve such improvements in quality, including efficiency, can qualify for greater Medicare payments to the participating healthcare providers. Physician groups, integrated delivery systems, or regional coalitions of such groups or systems are invited to apply.

For further information, visit the CMS Web site at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/researchers/demos/mma646/.

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