Improving Patient Choice and Physician Accountability Viewed as Priorities for CMS Innovation Center

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Improving patient choice and increasing physician accountability for patient outcomes were cited among the more than 1,000 responses to a request for information (RFI) about the new direction of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center.

The responses, which also included focusing on chronically ill patients and reducing burdensome requirements and regulations, came in April from a wide variety of individuals and organizations, including medical associations, health systems, physician groups and private businesses.

In a statement, CMS Administrator Seema Verma said it was critical to get the input from a range of public and private voices to help shape the next iteration of the Innovation Center.

We recognize that the best ideas don’t come from Washington, so it’s important that we hear from the front lines of our health care system about how we can improve care,” Verma said. The responses from this RFI will help inform and drive our initiatives to transform the health care delivery system with the goal of improving quality of care while reducing unnecessary cost.”

The CMS Innovation Center was established to serve as an incubator for ideas and new models that can improve care, lower costs and better align payment systems to support patient-centered practices.

Last September, CMS released its vision for the new direction of the Innovation Center. CMS said the center’s purpose should be to promote patient-centered care and test market-driven reforms that empower beneficiaries as consumers, provide price transparency, increase choices and competition to drive quality, reduce costs and improve outcomes. The RFI was meant to solicit feedback on how to best achieve those goals.

Over the coming year, CMS plans to use the feedback as it works to develop new models for the center and engages with stakeholders in the design and testing of care delivery.