House Passes Legislation Extending Home-Based Demonstration Model
Posted on Friday, July 17, 2015 9:11 AM
Earlier this week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that extended a home-based demonstration model for two additional years. The Independence at Home Medical Practice Demonstration Improvement Act (S.971) extends the Independence at Home program which focuses on certain high-risk patients with chronic illnesses.
The model uses home-based primary care teams led by physicians and nurse practitioners to treat Medicare beneficiaries with chronic conditions. The demonstration "tests a service delivery and payment model that provides incentives to teams based on their performances improving health outcomes and reducing expenditures." The reimbursement method shares Medicare savings between Medicare and participating providers.
So far, the project have proven successful in showing benefits of caring for people in their homes. Last month, CMS announced that the model had resulted in over $25 million in Medicare savings during its first performance year, fewer hospital readmissions, and higher quality care.
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