By Julian Pecquet - 10/11/11 03:40 PM EDT
"Over the next several months," she added, "we will be working closely with the States interested in further developing their approaches and will serve as a resource for any State interested in improving care for their Medicare-Medicaid enrollees. These models provide States and the Federal government with new flexibilities and pathways to make Medicare and Medicaid stronger."
Improving care coordination is one of the few improvements to the Medicare system that has broad bipartisan appeal.
Still, some lawmakers have urged the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to move much more aggressively. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), in particular, urged the deficit-cutting supercommittee to expedite a home care program for dual eligibles, saying he has been working on the issue for decades.
"Unless there's a commitment to move aggressively," Wyden told reporters after a hearing last month, "as sure as night follows day people will be sitting in hearing rooms like this in a few years having the same debate."