ACA-era health care innovation centers under assessment

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Rebecca Vesely is AHCJ's topic leader on health information technology and a freelance writer. She has written about health, science and medicine for AFP, the Bay Area News Group, Modern Healthcare, Wired, Scientific American online and many other news outlets.

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It seems like every week there’s a new press release about a new health innovation center opening up shop.

Since passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, which emphasized the transition from patient volume to value, innovation centers have been popping up all over the country. Becker’s Hospital Review has identified at least 50 hospitals with innovation programs.

There also is the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, CMMI, created by the ACA to test new models of payment and care delivery. In a Wall Street Journal op-ed last month, CMS Administrator Seema Verma announced a “new direction” for CMMI that would seek to generate more industry-led ideas. The CMS issued a request for information to collect suggestions, with comments open through Nov. 20.

We are analyzing all innovation center models to determine what is working and should continue, and what isn’t and shouldn’t,” Verma wrote.

A new AHCJ tip sheet can help you better report on existing or planned innovation centers in your community.

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