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CMS Announces Nursing Facility Initiative

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced seven cooperative agreement awards partnering with 145 nursing facilities to implement the Initiative to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations Among Nursing Facility Residents. The initiative will test models to improve the quality of care and help reduce avoidable hospitalizations by funding organizations that provide enhanced on-site services and supports to nursing facility residents.

The Initiative will be run collaboratively by the CMS Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, both created by the Affordable Care Act to improve health care quality and reduce costs in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

More information about this initiative is available at: http://innovations.cms.gov/initiatives/rahnfr/.

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