On November 16, 2010, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the establishment of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The acting director of the Center is Richard Gilfillan, M.D., the former president and CEO of Geisinger Health Plan and executive vice president of insurance operations for Geisinger Health System. The goal of the CMMI is to improve quality of care and make coverage more affordable for Medicaid and Medicare patients. To do this, the CMMI will collaborate with key stakeholders, which include consumers, patient advocates, physicians, hospitals, federal agencies and states. The Center will focus on three main objectives:

  1. to provide better care for Medicare and Medicaid recipients,
  2. to coordinate care such that it will improve health outcomes for Medicare and Medicaid patients, and
  3. to develop community care models.

To learn more about the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, and to access the Center’s blog, please visit its new website, http://innovations.cms.gov.