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CMS Seeks New Direction for Innovation Center

In an informal request for information (RFI), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is asking for input on strategies to improve quality and reduce cost through innovation.

The RFI aims to create a new direction for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), with increased emphasis on patient-centered care and market-based reforms. CMS is seeking broad feedback on its new direction, under eight focus areas for testing new payment and service delivery models:

  • increased participation in Advanced Alternative Payment Models;
  • consumer-directed care and market-based innovation models;
  • physician specialty models;
  • prescription drug models;
  • Medicare Advantage innovation models;
  • state-based and local innovation, including Medicaid-focused models;
  • mental and behavioral health models; and
  • program integrity.

Interested parties can submit comments online or email feedback to by Nov. 20.

Contact Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at or 202.585.0127 with questions.


About the Author

Rachel Schwartz is a former policy associate at America's Essential Hospitals.

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