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CMS: 100,000 enrolled in coordinated care pilot

Physician Practice Advisor, February 15, 2006

In a press release last week, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it has enrolled 100,000 Medicare beneficiaries in a pilot program to test a coordinated care system for individuals with multiple chronic conditions.

The voluntary Medicare Health Support pilot-which involves eight regional programs-will rely on personalized care plans, biometric monitoring devices, 24-hour telephonic nurse access, and group education and support sessions to improve care and reduce costs for patients with multiple chronic conditions, according to the press release.

Congress created the Medicare Health Support programs as part of the Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act in December 2003. Oklahoma, Washington, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, Georgia, Illinois, Florida, and Tennessee currently host pilot programs.

Click here to read the CMS press release.