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The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the full solicitation for the Independence at Home demonstration.
Under this 3-year demonstration, physician practices will receive payments based on spending targets, as well as performance requirements for at least 3 of 6 quality measures that are tied to payment.
We believe that the Independence at Home demonstration could be an opportunity for members that operate Geriatric Clinics and home health agencies. The demonstration will also help elders with chronic diseases age in place. LeadingAge applauds the work of Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) for making Independence At Home a reality and to CMS Administrator Tavenner for her leadership in getting the implementation instructions issued before the statutory deadline.
Section 1866E of the Social Security Act, as added by Section 3024 of the Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148), directs CMS to conduct the Independence at Home (IAH) Demonstration to test home-based primary care for Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) beneficiaries with multiple chronic illnesses.
CMS announced that 16 organizations were approved to participate in the Independence at Home program. The Independence at Home program has the potential to reduce costs under Medicare. Under the Independence at Home Demonstration, eligible participants will work with CMS to provide home-based primary care to targeted chronically ill beneficiaries.
Participating practices will make in-home visits tailored to an individual patient’s needs and coordinate their care.
CMS will track the beneficiary’s care experience through quality measures. According to the announcement, the Independence at Home Demonstration will begin June 1, 2012, and run through May 31, 2015.
Organizations applying as consortiums have until May 4, 2012, to file their applications, and those selections will be made public at a later date.
There were over 100 organizations that applied to provide home-based primary care to thousands of eligible Medicare beneficiaries that were denied the opportunity to participate in the IAH program.Hpefully, if this program is successful it will become a permanent part of Medicare.
We are especially pleased to congratulate Visiting Nurse Housecall, LLC (Atlanta, Georgia), a LeadingAge and Aging Services of Georgia member for being approved as an Independence at Home provider.