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CMS Launches Initiative to Improve Nursing Home Care

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CMS Launches Initiative to Improve Nursing Home Care

March 16, 2012

On March 15, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced the Initiative to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations among Nursing Facility Residents, a new effort designed to improve care for people living in nursing facilities who are enrolled in Medicare and Medicaid.

CMS is committing up to $128 million to support organizations that will partner with nursing facilities to implement evidence-based interventions to improve the quality and costs of care. The initiative is focused on long-stay nursing facility residents who are enrolled in the Medicare and Medicaid programs, with the goal of reducing avoidable inpatient hospitalizations.

CMS will partner with eligible, independent, non-nursing facility organizations (referred to as "enhanced care & coordination providers") to implement evidence-based interventions that reduce avoidable hospitalizations. Eligible organizations may include physician practices, care management organizations and other public and not-for-profit entities.

All enhanced care and coordination providers in this initiative must hire staff who maintain a physical presence at nursing facilities and partner with nursing facility staff to implement preventive services.

Organizations interested in applying to participate in this initiative must submit a proposal by June 14, 2012.

For more information, check out this press release and fact sheet.