BALTIMORE, Md. – All 15 physician practices involved in the CMS Independence at Home Demonstration improved performance in the second year of the program by incorporating technology into patient-centered care, a report by the agency has found.
“These results continue to support what most patients already want—the ability to have high quality care in the home setting,” said Dr. Patrick Conway, CMS acting deputy administrator for innovation and quality, and chief medical officer.
Participating practices use home health technology like remote monitoring platforms, mobile apps, tablets, mobile diagnostic devices and electronic health information systems to care for the 10,000 patients being served through the demonstration.
A report released by CMS in January found that in the second performance year of the demonstration, practices involved saved a total of $7.8 million, with an average of $746 per beneficiary. Seven participating practices earned incentive payments totaling more than $5,000.
The demonstration provides chronically ill patients with a complete range of primary care services in the home setting. Medical practices led by physicians or nurse practitioners provide primary care home visits tailored to the needs of beneficiaries with multiple chronic conditions and functional limitations.
The demonstration also tests whether home-based care can reduce the need for hospitalization, improve patient and caregiver satisfaction, and lead to better health outcomes for patients and lower costs to Medicare.
The IAHD began in 2012 and was originally authorized for three years as part of the Affordable Care Act. It was extended for two additional years through September 30 of this year by the Medicare Independence at Home Medical Practice Demonstration Improvement Act of 2015.
“The Independence at Home Demonstration is helping to improve the health care system by paying practitioners for what works, unlocking health care data, and finding new ways to coordinate and integrate care to improve quality,” said Conway.