The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has expanded its Independence at Home Demonstration initiative, a Medicare shared savings program for home care.

CMS announced the new shared savings program in December 2011, initially focused on individual physician practices. In April 2011 it selected 16 practices to start the program.

Now, CMS has selected three consortia of multiple practices to participate: Innovative Primary Senior Care LLC in Skokie, Ill.; Treasure Coast Healthcare LLC in Stuart, Fla.; and Virginia Commonwealth University Health System/Medical College of Virginia Hospitals and Physicians.

The demonstrations will evaluate the effectiveness of giving comprehensive primary care services at home to beneficiaries with multiple chronic conditions, and whether such care reduces hospitalizations, improves quality of life and lowers costs to Medicare. Beneficiary participation is voluntary. More information is available here.

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