In other healthcare reform news, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Donald Berwick spent time on October 18 promoting a provision of the healthcare reform law – Public Law 111-148 – that will establish a new Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMI).

Citing the Center’s potential to increase quality of care while lowering healthcare costs, Administrator Berwick called for collaboration with healthcare providers, insurers and other stakeholders, as he and other officials from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) work to implement the CMI.

Public Law 111-148 directs HHS to establish the Center by January 2011, providing $5 billion in initial CMI funding along with $10 billion for new demonstrations and pilot programs.