The Federation of American Hospitals sent a letter to CMS today answering the agency's Request for Information on a new direction for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI).
The FAH wrote that at its core, the new direction for CMMI should be about “improving quality, retaining and improving access, and addressing cost for patients….”
As in previous letters to the Agency, the Federation reiterated its belief that CMMI models should be tested on a voluntary basis and that “CMS does not have the authority to implement permanent or mandatory changes to Medicare stemming from results of a CMMI model without Congressional approval.”
Other areas addressed include the need for greater stakeholder engagement in transparent model design and the use of appropriate quality measurement in the models.
Per the Agency's request, the FAH commented on potential models in the outlined areas:
- Medicare Advantage Innovation Models
- Prescription Drug Models
- Mental and Behavioral Health Models
The letter also laid out other areas where FAH recommends CMS should consider voluntary models, including:
- Post-Acute Care
- Population-Based Payment
- Rural Hospital Outpatient-Only Model
You can view the entire letter here.