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Kaiser Health News Article Focuses on Early 2014 Evaluation of the Community-based Care Transition Program (CCTP)

Posted on 1/21/2015 by NTOCC ® in Public Policy Updates

Kaiser Health News recently reported on a Health and Human Services (HHS) and Econometrica evaluation dated May 30, 2014, that found only a small minority of community groups enrolled in the Community-based Care Transition Program (CCTP) produced significant results, compared with those from sites that weren’t part of the program. The evaluation also found that, of the 48 groups studied, only four significantly cut readmissions compared with those of a control group.

Despite these findings, experts pointed to the early release of the report, stating that it was too soon to pronounce judgment on the CCTP. Eric Coleman, a professor at the University of Colorado and NTOCC Public Policy Working Group member, shared that he remains optimistic about the tests, noting that the results are early and praised HHS for cutting off non-performing groups. Ellen Lukens, who leads the practice on hospital and post-acute care at Avalere Health was quoted as saying, “It’s too early to tell…can you really evaluate this when it’s been such a short period of time?” It is also important to note that, since the evaluation was done, the CCTP now has 72 participating programs. NTOCC and the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging have expressed  concern over the current performance metrics used by CMS and released a white paper in 2014 outlining the challenges that the early participants faced.  A copy of the white paper is attached for your reference.

The early evaluation was reported by Kaiser Health News and may be found in its entirety here. NTOCC is continuing to work with other stakeholders to showcase the positive results from the program to both Congress and CMS. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.