The Affordable Care Act created the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to launch experiments in every state studying whether novel health care reimbursement models and networks can save money and improve public health. The center awards grants to community groups, health systems and clinics, insurance companies, nursing homes, and states through a 10-year, $10 billion budget. Supporters say such research is urgently needed, but critics say the center has been slow to release data on whether the pilot programs have worked and question whether a large federal program is the right course.
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