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 NewDirection@cms.hhd.gov by Nov. 20.

Contact Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at eomalley@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127 with questions.