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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), a federal agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is one of the largest purchasers of health care in the world. Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provide health care for one in four Americans.
Since the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law, CMS has added two new centers to its portfolio: The Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) oversees the implementation of ACA provisions related to private health insurance. Working closely with governors and the state insurance commissioners, consumers, and stakeholders, CCIIO ensures the new law best serves the American people. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation provides resources and flexibility to rapidly test innovative care and payment models and encourage widespread adoption of practices that deliver better health care at lower cost.
The West Wireless Health Institute
The West Wireless Health Institute is committed to addressing the most pressing need in health care today — affordability. To accomplish its mission of lowering health care costs, the Institute aims to catalyze a whole new ecosystem for low-cost health care innovation. The Institute is one of the only organizations in the world leading this charge.
Innovation at the Institute is focused on and is being translated into end-to-end solutions to meet the needs of patients, doctors and health care organizations — and with the rigor to ensure that these solutions are safe, secure, reliable and cost-effective. With this end goal in mind, the nonprofit medical research organization operates with three core functions:
Validate: Clinical and economic studies are focused on demonstrating safety, effectiveness and cost savings.
Advocate: Enlightened policies are promoted to accelerate adoption of low-cost health care innovations.
Innovate: R&D focuses on health care technologies and business models that lower health care costs.
Low-cost sensors and wireless remote monitoring, as well as many other health care innovations, will enable an infrastructure independence model of health care, which translates into the right care at the right time, wherever the patient may be. The power and potential to address a health condition before it becomes a crisis and before it requires hospitalization is real and represents the next evolution in medicine.
We believe we can help dramatically lower health care costs while creating a truly connected health care system, with solutions that are predictive, preventive and personalized. The West Wireless Health Institute is headquartered in San Diego, California, the global center for health care innovation.