In the past several years, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), has designed and implemented demonstration projects and models to try new ways of paying providers to deliver health care to people with Medicare. These tests of new designs attempt to see if there are ways providers can be paid that will increase the quality of care people receive while either keeping costs stable or, ideally, lowering them.
The sheer number and diversity of these CMMI models can make it difficult for researchers, advocates, and the general public to see and compare their designs and outcomes. The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), a nonpartisan source of health policy analysis, has made this easier by collecting resources on each model on a new site: Medicare Delivery System Reform: The Evidence Link. Through The Evidence Link, users can compare similar models, understand their costs and potential or realized savings, and discover more about the participating populations, from beneficiaries to care providers.