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CMS announces Acute Care Episode demonstration sites

HIM-HIPAA Insider, January 20, 2009

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CMS has chosen five sites to participate in the Acute Care Episode (ACE) demonstration project to begin early this year, according to a January 6 press release. The sites include:

  • Baptist Health System in San Antonio
  • Oklahoma Heart Hospital, LLC in Oklahoma City
  • Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver
  • Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa, OK
  • Lovelace Health System in Albuquerque, NM

ACE is a hospital-based demonstration project that will test the use of a bundled payment (i.e., a single payment for both Part A and Part B Medicare services furnished during an inpatient stay) for both hospital and physician services for a select set of inpatient episodes of care.

"We are always looking for ways to improve Medicare, both in efficiency and in better care for patients, and this new demonstration promises to be a big step in that direction," said CMS Acting Administrator Kerry Weems in the press release. "Too often, there are missed opportunities to coordinate care, which can adversely impact Medicare beneficiaries’ health. This important demonstration brings hospitals, physicians and patients together in an innovative cooperative effort to improve the quality of care."

For more information about ACE, click here.

 



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