Importance of Home Health Care in Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Models Discussed During Senate Finance Hearing
Under the Affordable Care Act, CMS was tasked with creating the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to look at different delivery models that improve health outcomes while reducing overall costs to both the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The Senate Finance Committee – the committee with jurisdiction over Medicare and Medicaid – recently convened a hearing on ways to reform Medicare and Medicaid’s delivery system. The Innovation Center’s Director, Dr. Richard J. Gilfillan, was the hearing’s sole witness.
During the hearing, several senators asked about the role home care has in new delivery models for Medicare and Medicaid, with some expressing strong support for such care. Dr. Gilfillan, too, indicated his support for home care in new delivery models for Medicare and Medicaid - citing ACOs and primary care initiatives – that emphasize the use of home health services to improve the quality of care while limiting unnecessary hospitalizations.
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