Federal Regulations re:Community Care

posted Oct 24, 2011, 1:39 PM by Frank Baskin   [ updated Oct 24, 2011, 1:42 PM ]
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, 500 community health centers in 44 States across the country will receive approximately $42 million over three years to improve....FOR MORE CLICK TITLE.....coordination and quality of care they deliver to people with Medicare and other patients, the Department of Health and Human Services announced today.
Under this Advanced Primary Care Practice demonstration, created by the Affordable Care Act, Medicare will pay community health centers based on the quality of care they deliver.  This improved payment system will reward clinics for such things as helping patients manage chronic conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure. 
In addition, health centers will use this funding to expand their hours, make same day appointments and accommodate patients with urgent care needs.
The demonstration will be conducted from November 1, 2011 through October 31, 2014.  Participating health centers will be paid a monthly fee for each eligible person with Medicare that receives primary care services.  The CMS Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (Innovation Center) and the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) will provide technical assistance to help participating community health centers throughout the demonstration.  
This Advanced Primary Care Practice demonstration is operated by the Innovation Center in partnership with HRSA.  It is one of a number of initiatives made possible by the Affordable Care Act to help bring better health and better health care not just to Medicare beneficiaries, but to all Americans, while helping use healthcare dollars more wisely.