New Report from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Outlines Healthcare Reform and Other Provisions to Reduce Medicare Costs and Improve Quality of Care

May 18, 2011

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a new report detailing steps taken by Obama Administration to strengthen the Medicare program. The report details efforts taken by the CMS and the Obama Administration to improve health of seniors, pilule provide for quality care, and lower costs.

The report outlines the actions taken by CMS independent of the healthcare reform law. These actions are “aimed at saving money for taxpayers and improving the quality of care.”  It is estimated that the provisions outlined in the report will reduce Medicare costs by approximately $120 billion over the next five years.

One of the health care delivery system reforms discussed in the report pertains to investing in patient safety by lowering hospital readmission and reducing hospital-acquired infections (HAIs). It is estimated that Medicare expenditures will be reduced $10 billion through the year 2013 if the CMS goals for reducing readmissions and HAIs are met.

To ensure these goals are met, CMS has made a “historic investment” of $1 billion in funding from the Affordable Care Act through the Partnership for Patients Initiative. This initiative “will support public-private partnerships to improve the quality, safety, and affordability of health care for all Americans.”

CMS aims to reduce preventable HAIs by 40 percent. It is estimated that this reduction will prevent 1.8 million injuries and avert 60,000 deaths for hospital inpatients over the next three years.

CMS also aims to reduce hospital readmissions. It is targeting a 20 percent reduction in readmissions which will result in eliminating 1.6 million instances of readmissions.

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