Community-Based Care Transitions Program Adds 17 Sites

On Friday, August 17, 2012, CMS announced that 17 community-based organizations were awarded grants to develop community care transition programs (CCTP), bringing the total number of grantees to 47. Authorized under sec. 3026 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148), the CCTP tests models for the coordination of care for Medicare beneficiaries who are leaving inpatient hospitals for other settings. The CCTP approaches the problem of reducing hospital readmissions through identification of problems that contribute to readmission that occur outside the hospital.

 Use of CBOs

The CCTP grants are awarded to community-based organizations (CBOs) who commit to coordinate the transition of the beneficiary from inpatient care to the community after hospitalization. CBOs must have formal relationships with acute care hospitals and other providers in order to provide services across the continuum of care. They are paid a fixed amount per patient for the transition services, with the payment for any beneficiary limited to one transition in 180 days.

PPACA sec. 3026 authorized $500 million for the program, to be spent over the five years from 2011 through 2016. Grants are awarded for a two-year initial period, and they may be renewed annually for the duration of the program. These 17 grantees were considered during the third round of applications. The deadline for the fourth, and final, round is September 3, 2012. CCTP is a program of the Partnership for Patients, which