Up to 10,000 Medicare patients suffering from chronic conditions will now be able to get most of the care they need at home under a new demonstration announced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently.
Created by the Affordable Care Act, the new Independence at Home Demonstration expands the extent of in-home services that Medicare beneficiaries can receive in a big way. The Independence at Home CMS intends to join with medical practices to test the usefulness of primary care services in a home setting. The main aim behind such a scheme is to provide better care for Medicare beneficiaries with multiple chronic conditions. Medical practices will be carried by physicians or nurse practitioners to offer primary care home visits as per the needs of beneficiaries with multiple chronic conditions and functional limitations. To make sure the beneficiaries receive good quality care CMS will be using quality.
Medical practices eligible to participate in the Demonstration must include physicians or nurse practitioners who have experience delivering home-based primary care.
The new demonstration is one of a series of CMS scheme to build a Medicare program that provides good care and health at a offers beneficiaries better care and better health at an reasonable cost.
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