CMS launched this program in 2012. For additional background, including a list of participants and other program information, visit the CMS website dedicated to this program.
On June 15, 2015 CBO released its cost estimate of S. 971, Medicare Independence at Home Medical Practice Demonstration Improvement Act of 2015. The bill, which the Senate passed by voice-vote last April (details), would allow agreements made with medical home practices to be extended by five years under the Medicare Independence at Home Medical Practice (IAH) demonstration program. According to the CBO, “enacting S. 971 would have an insignificant effect on direct spending.”
On June 18, CMS released Year One performance results for the IAH demonstration.
SEC. 3024. INDEPENDENCE AT HOME DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM. Title XVIII of the Social Security Act is amended by inserting after section 1866D, as inserted by section 3023, the following new section: øAs revised by section 10308(b)(2)¿ ‘‘INDEPENDENCE AT HOME MEDICAL PRACTICE DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM ‘‘SEC. 1866E ø42 U.S.C. 1395cc–5¿. (a) ESTABLISHMENT.— ‘‘(1) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary shall conduct a demonstration program (in this section referred to as the ‘demonstration program’) to test a payment incentive and service delivery model that utilizes physician and nurse practitioner directed home-based primary care teams designed to reduce expenditures and improve health outcomes in the provision of items and services under this title to applicable beneficiaries (as defined in subsection (d)). ‘‘(2) REQUIREMENT.—The demonstration program shall test whether a model described in paragraph (1), which is accountable for providing comprehensive, coordinated, continuous, and accessible care to high-need populations at home and coordinating health care across all treatment settings, results in— ‘‘(A) reducing preventable hospitalizations; ‘‘(B) preventing hospital readmissions; ‘‘(C) reducing emergency room visits; ‘‘(D) improving health outcomes commensurate with the beneficiaries’ stage of chronic illness; ‘‘(E) improving the efficiency of care, such as by reducing duplicative diagnostic and laboratory tests; ‘‘(F) reducing the cost of health care services covered under this title; and ‘‘(G) achieving beneficiary and family caregiver satisfaction. ‘‘(b) INDEPENDENCE AT HOME MEDICAL PRACTICE.— ‘‘(1) INDEPENDENCE AT HOME MEDICAL PRACTICE DEFINED.—In this section: ‘‘(A) IN GENERAL.—The term ‘independence at home medical practice’ means a legal entity that— ‘‘(i) is comprised of an individual physician or nurse practitioner or group of physicians and nurse practitioners that provides care as part of a team that includes physicians, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists, and other health and social services staff as appropriate who have experience providing homebased primary care to applicable beneficiaries, make in-home visits, and are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week to carry out plans of care that are tailored to the individual beneficiary’s chronic conditions and designed to achieve the results in subsection (a); ‘‘(ii) is organized at least in part for the purpose of providing physicians’ services; ‘‘(iii) has documented experience in providing home-based primary care services to high-cost chronically ill beneficiaries, as determined appropriate by the Secretary; ‘‘(iv) furnishes services to at least 200 applicable beneficiaries (as defined in subsection (d)) during each year of the demonstration program; ‘‘(v) has entered into an agreement with the Secretary; ‘‘(vi) uses electronic health information systems, remote monitoring, and mobile diagnostic technology; and ‘‘(vii) meets such other criteria as the Secretary determines to be appropriate to participate in the demonstration program. The entity shall report on quality measures (in such form, manner, and frequency as specified by the Secretary, which may be for the group, for providers of services and suppliers, or both) and report to the Secretary (in a form, manner, and frequency as specified by the Secretary) such data as the Secretary determines appropriate to monitor and evaluate the demonstration program. ‘‘(B) PHYSICIAN.—The term ‘physician’ includes, except as the Secretary may otherwise provide, any individual who furnishes services for which payment may be made as physicians’ services and has the medical training or experience to fulfill the physician’s role described in subparagraph (A)(i). ‘‘(2) PARTICIPATION OF NURSE PRACTITIONERS AND PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS.—Nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent a nurse practitioner or physician assistant from participating in, or leading, a home-based primary care team as part of an independence at home medical practice if— ‘‘(A) all the requirements of this section are met; ‘‘(B) the nurse practitioner or physician assistant, as the case may be, is acting consistent with State law; and ‘‘(C) the nurse practitioner or physician assistant has the medical training or experience to fulfill the nurse practitioner or physician assistant role described in paragraph (1)(A)(i). ‘‘(3) INCLUSION OF PROVIDERS AND PRACTITIONERS.—Nothing in this subsection shall be construed as preventing an independence at home medical practice from including a provider of services or a participating practitioner described in section 1842(b)(18)(C) that is affiliated with the practice under an arrangement structured so that such provider of services or practitioner participates in the demonstration program and shares in any savings under the demonstration program. ‘‘(4) QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE STANDARDS.—The Secretary shall develop quality performance standards for independence at home medical practices participating in the demonstration program. ‘‘(c) PAYMENT METHODOLOGY.— ‘‘(1) ESTABLISHMENT OF TARGET SPENDING LEVEL.—The Secretary shall establish an estimated annual spending target, for the amount the Secretary estimates would have been spent in the absence of the demonstration, for items and services covered under parts A and B furnished to applicable beneficiaries for each qualifying independence at home medical practice under this section. Such spending targets shall be determined on a per capita basis. Such spending targets shall include a risk corridor that takes into account normal variation in expenditures for items and services covered under parts A and B furnished to such beneficiaries with the size of the corridor being related to the number of applicable beneficiaries furnished services by each independence at home medical practice. The spending targets may also be adjusted for other factors as the Secretary determines appropriate. ‘‘(2) INCENTIVE PAYMENTS.—Subject to performance on quality measures, a qualifying independence at home medical practice is eligible to receive an incentive payment under this section if actual expenditures for a year for the applicable beneficiaries it enrolls are less than the estimated spending target established under paragraph (1) for such year. An incentive payment for such year shall be equal to a portion (as determined by the Secretary) of the amount by which actual expenditures (including incentive payments under this paragraph) for applicable beneficiaries under parts A and B for such year are estimated to be less than 5 percent less than the estimated spending target for such year, as determined under paragraph (1). ‘‘(d) APPLICABLE BENEFICIARIES.— ‘‘(1) DEFINITION.—In this section, the term ‘applicable beneficiary’ means, with respect to a qualifying independence at home medical practice, an individual who the practice has determined— ‘‘(A) is entitled to benefits under part A and enrolled for benefits under part B; ‘‘(B) is not enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan under part C or a PACE program under section 1894; ‘‘(C) has 2 or more chronic illnesses, such as congestive heart failure, diabetes, other dementias designated by the Secretary, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, ischemic heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s Disease and neurodegenerative diseases, and other diseases and conditions designated by the Secretary which result in high costs under this title; ‘‘(D) within the past 12 months has had a nonelective hospital admission; ‘‘(E) within the past 12 months has received acute or subacute rehabilitation services; ‘‘(F) has 2 or more functional dependencies requiring the assistance of another person (such as bathing, dressing, toileting, walking, or feeding); and ‘‘(G) meets such other criteria as the Secretary determines appropriate. ‘‘(2) PATIENT ELECTION TO PARTICIPATE.—The Secretary shall determine an appropriate method of ensuring that applicable beneficiaries have agreed to enroll in an independence at home medical practice under the demonstration program. Enrollment in the demonstration program shall be voluntary. ‘‘(3) BENEFICIARY ACCESS TO SERVICES.—Nothing in this section shall be construed as encouraging physicians or nurse practitioners to limit applicable beneficiary access to services covered under this title and applicable beneficiaries shall not be required to relinquish access to any benefit under this title as a condition of receiving services from an independence at home medical practice. ‘‘(e) IMPLEMENTATION.— ‘‘(1) STARTING DATE.—The demonstration program shall begin no later than January 1, 2012. An agreement with an independence at home medical practice under the demonstration program may cover not more than a 3-year period. ‘‘(2) NO PHYSICIAN DUPLICATION IN DEMONSTRATION PAR- TICIPATION.—The Secretary shall not pay an independence at home medical practice under this section that participates in section 1899. ‘‘(3) NO BENEFICIARY DUPLICATION IN DEMONSTRATION PAR- TICIPATION.—The Secretary shall ensure that no applicable beneficiary enrolled in an independence at home medical practice under this section is participating in the programs under section 1899. ‘‘(4) PREFERENCE.—In approving an independence at home medical practice, the Secretary shall give preference to practices that are— ‘‘(A) located in high-cost areas of the country; ‘‘(B) have experience in furnishing health care services to applicable beneficiaries in the home; and ‘‘(C) use electronic medical records, health information technology, and individualized plans of care. ‘‘(5) LIMITATION ON NUMBER OF PRACTICES.—In selecting qualified independence at home medical practices to participate under the demonstration program, the Secretary shall limit the number of such practices so that the number of applicable beneficiaries that may participate in the demonstration program does not exceed 10,000. ‘‘(6) WAIVER.—The Secretary may waive such provisions of this title and title XI as the Secretary determines necessary in order to implement the demonstration program. ‘‘(7) ADMINISTRATION.—Chapter 35 of title 44, United States Code, shall not apply to this section. ‘‘(f) EVALUATION AND MONITORING.— ‘‘(1) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary shall evaluate each independence at home medical practice under the demonstration program to assess whether the practice achieved the results described in subsection (a). ‘‘(2) MONITORING APPLICABLE BENEFICIARIES.—The Secretary may monitor data on expenditures and quality of services under this title after an applicable beneficiary discontinues receiving services under this title through a qualifying independence at home medical practice. ‘‘(g) REPORTS TO CONGRESS.—The Secretary shall conduct an independent evaluation of the demonstration program and submit to Congress a final report, including best practices under the demonstration program. Such report shall include an analysis of the demonstration program on coordination of care, expenditures under this title, applicable beneficiary access to services, and the quality of health care services provided to applicable beneficiaries. ‘‘(h) FUNDING.—For purposes of administering and carrying out the demonstration program, other than for payments for items and services furnished under this title and incentive payments under subsection (c), in addition to funds otherwise appropriated, there shall be transferred to the Secretary for the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services Program Management Account from the Federal Hospital Insurance Trust Fund under section 1817 and the Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Fund under section 1841 (in proportions determined appropriate by the Secretary) $5,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2010 through 2015. Amounts transferred under this subsection for a fiscal year shall be available until expended. ‘‘(i) TERMINATION.— ‘‘(1) MANDATORY TERMINATION.—The Secretary shall terminate an agreement with an independence at home medical practice if— ‘‘(A) the Secretary estimates or determines that such practice will not receive an incentive payment for the second of 2 consecutive years under the demonstration program; or ‘‘(B) such practice fails to meet quality standards during any year of the demonstration program. ‘‘(2) PERMISSIVE TERMINATION.—The Secretary may terminate an agreement with an independence at home medical practice for such other reasons determined appropriate by the Secretary.’’.