Applications Now Available for FQHC Medical Home Demonstration

Applications Now Available for FQHC Medical Home Demonstration

CMS Provider Resource 06/06/11

The Innovation Center is currently accepting applications from Federally Qualified Health Centers to participate in the Medicare Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) Advanced Primary Care Practice demonstration project.  This demonstration is being conducted by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in partnership with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

This 3-year demonstration project will test the effectiveness of doctors and other health professionals working in teams to coordinate and improve care for up to 195,000 Medicare patients.  It will show how the patient-centered medical home model can improve quality of care, promote better health, and lower costs.

CMS and HRSA invite eligible FQHCs to submit an application to participate in this demonstration.  Participating FQHCs are expected to achieve Level 3 patient-centered medical home recognition, help patients manage chronic conditions, as well as actively coordinate care for patients.  To help participating FQHCs make these investments in patient care and infrastructure, they will be paid a monthly care management fee for each eligible Medicare beneficiary receiving primary care services.  In return, FQHCs agree to adopt care coordination practices that are recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).  CMS and HRSA will provide technical assistance to help FQHCs achieve these goals.

More information on the FQHC demonstration can be found at http://innovations.cms.gov/areas-of-focus/seamless-and-coordinated-care-models/fqhc/; complete details and instructions for applying and participating in the demonstration can be found at www.fqhcmedicalhome.com. CMS will be accepting applications from Monday, June 6, 2011 through 11:59PM (ET) on Friday, August 12, 2011.  If you have further questions, you may submit them to the CMS demonstration mailbox at fqhc_mh_demo@cms.hhs.gov.

View the HHS Press Release here.