Good morning, and thank you for that kind introduction. I also want to thank the American Hospital Association for the invitation. For those of you that don’t know me, I spent the early days of my career at a public hospital.
Welcome to CMS and thanks for joining us today, as we look ahead to 2019 for the Medicare Advantage and Part D programs. It’s a pleasure to be here with you and to provide an update on all that we have been doing to strengthen and improve these important programs for our nation’s seniors and the disabled.
Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced that it was accepting applications for a new Innovation Advisors program to help health professionals deepen skills that will drive improvements to patient care and reduce costs.
The Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative (BPCI) is comprised of four broadly defined models of care, which link payments for multiple services beneficiaries receive during an episode of care.