HHS pledges $840 million for care improvement

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is pledging $840 million over the next four years to fund initiatives that would improve the quality of healthcare delivery while lowering its costs. "These improvements hinge on peer-to-peer learning and helping clinicians develop strategies to share, adapt and further improve their practices and rapidly spread those best practices and improvements to other healthcare providers," said Patrick Conway, M.D., deputy administrator for innovation and quality and chief medical officer for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Among the areas to improve: physician access to information on patient medication adherence; expanding available modes of patient to physician communication; and improving coordinated, team-based care. Conway said the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative will save between $1 billion and $4 billion. >> Read the full article at FierceHealthcare

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