Burgess pleased with Independence at Home demonstration program’s year two performance data

U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) said on Tuesday that he was pleased with the release of performance data on the second year of Medicare’s Independence at Home (IAH) demonstration program.

The IAH demonstration program provides chronically ill Medicare beneficiaries access to a range of primary care services in the home setting through home visits by physicians and nurse practitioners.

IAH performance data shows that the program saved more than $10 million in its second year, which amounts to $1,010 per beneficiary. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) made incentive payments totaling approximately $5.7 million to seven participating practices that met quality measures.

Burgess said that second year IAH performance data demonstrates the program’s ability to deliver high-quality care to Medicare beneficiaries in home settings while generating “significant” savings for taxpayers.

“I worked hard with my counterparts in the House and Senate to ensure that this program would remain available to high-risk Medicare beneficiaries through 2017,” Burgess said. “I remain committed to the sustained success of the IAH program to guarantee that Medicare beneficiaries continue to receive valuable and cost-effective benefits.”

The demonstration project began in 2012, and was initially authorized through 2015. The project was then extended through September 2017 under the Home Medical Practice Demonstration Improvement Act.