Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services launch 'innovation' effort

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services launched an innovation center this week that aims to improve care while cutting cost through the use of public-private partnerships.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services launched an innovation center this week that aims to improve care while cutting cost through the use of public-private partnerships.

The effort is part of the healthcare legislation that passed in March. The goal is to improve care in settings like hospitals, nursing homes, and doctors' offices while also addressing chronic issues such as obesity and heart disease. Despite a $10 billion price tag, the innovation campaign is being supported by private industry, consumer groups, physicians, and healthcare experts.

The announcement for the innovation center was made just two days before administrator Donald Berwick appeared before Congress, where he defended the new healthcare law.

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