Funding Available by CMS to Test Care Transition Models in Medicare

July 30, 2012


In pursuit of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) commitment to improve the quality of care and support care coordination to Medicare beneficiaries, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) is providing funding up to $500 million through 2015 to test models for improving care transitions for high-risk Medicare beneficiaries through the Community-based Care Transitions Program (CCTP).

As the delivery of care for Medicare beneficiaries is shifting towards care coordination/care transition, neurologists have an opportunity to participate in these models because they treat patients with chronic conditions.

The goals of the CCTP are to:

  • Improve transitions of beneficiaries from the inpatient hospital setting to other care settings
  • Improve quality of care to reduce readmissions for high risk beneficiaries
  • Document measurable savings to the Medicare program

Under the initiative, community-based organizations will use care transition services to effectively manage Medicare patients' transitions and improve their quality of care. These outcomes could be achieved by implementing any of the new payment and delivery models.

To learn more about these models, please visit the New Payment and Delivery Models section of

CMMI is currently accepting applications and preference will be given to proposals that provide services to medically-underserved populations, small communities and rural areas.

The last application deadline for calendar year 2012 is September 20, 2012 and applications must be received by September 3, 2012. However, additional submission deadlines may be posted if the program has not reached capacity.

Neurologists interested in learning more about CCTP should visit the CMMI website to determine if their practice qualifies as a community-based organization.