TransforMED furthers its mission through two new partnerships with the CMS Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI)
LEAWOOD, Kan. – A $21-million Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) award will allow TransforMED to work in 15 communities across the country to create a Medical Neighborhood. The goal is to leverage primary care Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMHs) as the coordinators of care across the neighborhood while working closely with specialists, subspecialists and hospitals to improve care, improve patient health, and lower costs.
TransforMED is also working with CMMI, through their contract with the American Institutes for Research (AIR), to support the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative (CPC). CPC is a model combining payment reform with practice transformation in seven regions and involves 500 primary care practice sites. TransforMED is working on the ground with AIR in Tulsa, OK, Arkansas and the New Jersey regions to help practices build the Comprehensive Primary Care functions envisioned by the model and facilitate the development of the local learning communities.
"It will be important for all participating practices to have consistent and proven resources, tools and training available to them as they start down the path to providing comprehensive, coordinated primary care," said Terry McGeeney, MD, MBA, president and CEO of TransforMED. "We are eager to begin applying our expertise inPatient-Centered Medical Home transformation, quality improvement and medical neighborhood development — all of which will help shape the future of health care delivery and ultimately demonstrate that providing comprehensive care will increase quality, improve patient health and lower costs."
The project described is supported by Funding Opportunity Number CMS-1C1-12-0001 (the "FON") from the Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS"), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation ("CMS"). Pursuant to said FON, TransforMED and CMS have entered into a cooperative agreement to explore the development of new models for the delivery of better health, better health care and lower costs through improved quality for Medicare, Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program ("CHIP") enrollees. The project executed pursuant to the cooperative agreement shall not restrict the freedom of choice of providers/services for Medicare, Medicaid and/or CHIP patients in fee-for-service ("FFS") plans. The project contents are solely the responsibility of TransforMED and its project affiliates, Phytel and VHA, Inc., and do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS or any of its agencies.
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