Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Independence at Home Demonstration Achieving Performance Goals

Lindsay B. Schwartz, Ph.D.

The CMS Independence at Home Demonstration (IAH) looks at providing home-bashed primary care that allows providers to spend more time with patients. In the IAH demonstration, “home” is defined as where the beneficiary lives and can include assisted living. The demonstration also tests if home-based care can reduce the need for hospital admissions, improve patient/caregiver satisfaction, lead to better health outcomes, and lower Medicare costs. In the second year of the demonstration, IAH practices saved over $10 million, all 15 practices improved quality from the first year performance in at least two of the six quality measures and four practices met the goals for all six quality measures. For more information on the IAH Demonstration please visit the CMS Website.

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